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YCMS 164 Part II - 15 Global Challenges for Humanity in Coming Years
Automne 2019
Lundi
The 15 Global Challenges for Humanity are the result of the Delphi studies, interviews, and participation of over 4,000 experts from around the world since 1996 and have been published in the annual State of the Future. Arguing that one of theses challenges is more important than another is like arguing whether the human nervous system is more important than the respiratory system. These challenges are transnational in nature and trans-institutional in solution. They cannot be addressed by any government or institution acting alone.
YCMS 165 The 100-Year Life
Automne 2019
Mercredi
This study group is based on the book with the same title by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott. Longevity is projected to increase significantly with 50% of children born today in the western world expected to live to 100 or more. The authors say that this longevity will change society in many ways, impacting on family life, education, work and aspects of social life. In this study group, we will examine the authors’ prediction of the future and their road map to a successful life. The moderator highly recommends that participants read the book prior to the start of this study group.
YCMS 166 A History of Mexico
Automne 2019
Jeudi
From studying the indigenous civilizations of pre-Colombian Mexico, through the three hundred years of Spanish colonial rule, to the long struggle of post-colonial Mexico to create a united and modern nation, we will come to understand what heroic and tragic events went into making the proud mestizo Mexico of today.
YCMS 167 Israel and Palestine
Automne 2019
Mercredi
Using historical sources, films, and analysis of current events, we will investigate the reasons for the ongoing conflict between Jews and Arabs over the future of this one small corner of the Middle East. This SG begins with the late 19th century efforts by largely secular Zionists to re-establish a Jewish homeland in the Holy Land. It will continue through the British Mandate period, the triumphs and tragedies of 1947-48, the achievements of the Zionists in building a viable state, and the continuing conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab state.
YCMS 168 India (& Its Neighbours)
Automne 2019
Lundi
As usual, a combination of history and the current situation. We will investigate the history of India in three parts: before colonialism, under British rule, and after independence. We will also cover, to a degree, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
YCMS 169 The War in Spain (1936-39) a.k.a. The Spanish Civil War (a misnomer)
Automne 2019
Jeudi
The Spanish Civil War was a war in which barbarism, cruelty, duplicity and fraud abounded on both sides, aggravated by a code of silence. Speaking about, teaching or publicising any aspect of the war was strictly forbidden. Since approximately 2000, there has been a major “volte-face” in Spain. Research and investigation now proceed apace with little or no governmental censorship. Revisiting the Study Group given in 2018.
YCMS 170 The Age of Enlightenment
Automne 2019
Mardi
To understand the natural world and humankind's place in it solely on the basis of reason and without turning to religious belief, was the goal of the intellectual movement called the Enlightenment. The eighteenth century, when Newtonian science exerted its greatest impact, was noteworthy for European cultural expression. This was most evident in philosophy, which sought to find in human affairs natural laws similar to those that science had discovered in the physical universe. We will study and discuss these developments, along with the political and social events of the time, and the Enlightenment’s legacy. Please do not register for this study group unless you are prepared to make a presentation.
YCMS 171 WhoDunIt 3.0
Automne 2019
Mercredi
Spying and crimes, both recent and in history, will be presented and discussed. Who was the first African American member of the KKK? Was there a real James Bond? The sky is the limit. The CBC series “X-Company” will be followed in part. There will be a suggested list of topics, but nothing is off the table. Presentations may take any format, and can be based on real or fictional events. Any format such as PowerPoint, a video, a personal story, or a written speech may be used. The moderator will draw upon 28 years in federal law enforcement to relate some interesting anecdotes. There will be several hands-on sessions and, of course, “SPY SCHOOL”. This study group is limited to 20 participants.
YCMS 172 History of Israel from Pre-state to 1995 and Leadership of the Times
Automne 2019
Jeudi
Ten lectures on Israel’s leaders, with special consideration given to Israeli prime ministers and the chief of Mossad including the personality tests that some of them completed.
YCMS 173 The Tormented End of Slavery in the U.S.
Automne 2019
Mercredi
The United States comes to grips with the end of Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the subsequent constitutional amendments officially put an end to slavery. But they did not change the color of the former slaves: racism replaced involuntary servitude and proved to be harder to combat, both in the North and the South. With the participants’ presentations, we will study this grievous development and its aftermath.
YCMS 174 Ancient Worlds: The Evolution of Daily Life
Automne 2019
Lundi
What draws us to learn about ancient civilizations and how their peoples lived? What can we learn from research into how they thought and what they believed? Discussion will be stimulated by presenting videos and other material that provide insight into, and understanding of, various aspects of ancient civilizations. This study group will explore the evolution of daily life from our roots as hunter-gatherers to the development of complex societies. Participants are encouraged to make presentations although these are not obligatory.
YCMS 175 Two English Novels
Automne 2019
Mardi
In this study group we will look at two novels by contemporary British novelists at the top of their game: The Sense of an Ending (Julian Barnes) and Atonement (Ian McEwan). In each novel, a young person makes a mistake; we watch the consequences develop over many years as the ironies pile up. Format is mostly discussion but relevant presentations are always welcome.
YCMS 176 Charles Dickens: A Writer for His Time and Ours: Our Mutual Friend
Automne 2019
Mercredi
This study group is designed for those who enjoy the works of Charles Dickens and want to learn about his writing, his life and his times. Through films and discussion, we will explore the Victorian era and discover the impact Dickens had on his own world and on our popular culture. Over ten weeks we will read and review Our Mutual Friend. Short presentations on the book, aspects of Victorian life and Dickens’s rich, and often controversial, personal history are encouraged. Be prepared for a fun and informative experience.
YCMS 177 Jane Austen on Film
Automne 2019
Mercredi
An exploration of Pride and Prejudice and other works by Jane Austen. Each week, a viewing of an episode of a film version of Pride and Prejudice will be followed by class discussion. It is not necessary to read the novels beforehand though it adds to the interest. The moderators will present information on Jane Austen’s life and on aspects of the period such as why marriage was so important for women; patronage; elopement; social conduct; travel, etc. Presentations are not required.
YCMS 178 Literature and National Rebirth: 20th Century Hebrew Literature
Automne 2019
Mardi
"If the Jews wish to become a nation of Jewish Culture, they must first become truly a nation" ~ Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, 1904. With Zionism came a renaissance of the Hebrew language and literature. The Janus-like challenge to the predominantly diaspora people was to fashion a cultural ethos and modes of meaningful being fit for the modern world. Course readings: English translations of novels, parts of novels, short stories, poems in Hebrew literature from early to late 20th century. Among the featured authors: Agnon, Burla, Michael, Har-Even, Yehoshua, Gur.
YCMS 179 The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Automne 2019
Lundi
Wayne Johnston has written a masterful international-best-selling historical novel paying tribute to the people of Newfoundland, while highlighting the beautiful and brutal landscape of that province. We will read and discuss this novel which is both a mystery and a soul-moving love story that spans five decades in an epic portrait of powerfully imagined passion and ambition. Copies available at Paragraphe Books.
YCMS 180 Reading The Canterbury Tales Aloud
Automne 2019
Jeudi
We will read aloud selections from Neville Coghill's translation of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Spirited discussion is sure to follow.
YCMS 181 Hispanic Short Stories II
Automne 2019
Mercredi
As a continuation to the previous study group on Hispanic Short Stories, we will read short stories by ten other Hispanic authors: Ruben Darío, Horacio Quiroga, Gabriela Mistral, César Vallejo, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alejo Carpentier, Pablo Neruda, María Luisa Bombal, José María Arguedas, Octavio Paz. Participants can expect to pay up to $15 for photocopies.
YCMS 182 Shakespeare at the Globe
Automne 2019
Lundi
In this session, we will be watching together and discussing a selection of Shakespeare's comedies in live performance from London's Globe Theatre. Scheduled productions include: The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.
YCMS 183 Anton Chekhov 1860 -1904
Automne 2019
Jeudi
Anton Chekhov’s life experiences gave him a unique perspective on the problems of 19th Century Russia. He was a physician, philanthropist, playwright and master of the modern short story. We will examine the atmosphere of the Russia of his day as seen through his novellas, plays and short stories. A list of suggested readings will be sent upon registration. Discussion style, but presentations are always welcome.

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