Online Lectures

Summer Registration Opens Only Online June 14, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Duration: July 7– August 25, 2021

Fall Registration Opens Only Online August 9, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Duration: September 13 – November 19, 2021

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MCLL Online

The covid-19 pandemic has presented MCLL with the challenge of transferring all its study groups and lectures to a Zoom online platform. Volunteers have worked hard to ensure that members have the technical support they need to be able to join remote Zoom sessions.

Because all study groups and lectures are currently delivered entirely online, some of you who don’t feel comfortable working with computers might be concerned about your ability to join online Zoom sessions. If you’re experiencing Zoom anxiety, please be reassured that MCLL volunteers will do everything they can to help you learn how to join a Zoom study group or a Zoom lecture. If you would like someone to phone you and help you join a practice Zoom session, please send an email request to caring.mcll [at]


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Summer 2021 Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

YCLML 418 Journal-Writing - Workshop

Time: Wednesday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Manon Wascher

Join us for a morning of journal-writing. This workshop is for those who are curious about this fascinating tool and for those who already have done some journaling. Through a variety of private writing exercises, the group will explore this age-old tool that is said to bring innumerable physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. See you there!

YCLML 419 Two Hours of Laughter - Workshop

Time: Wednesday, August 4, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Freda Segal

Participants will be involved in storytelling, improvisation based on unusual situations, movement exercises, and strange tongue twisters. Each person will choose the activity they find most interesting. No judgement - the purpose of the workshop is enjoyment.

Summer 2021 Wonderful Wednesday Lectures

YCLML 420 Exploring the Bas-St-Laurent

Time: Wednesday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Hélène and Tony Frayne

The Gulf of St Lawrence is well known to some Montrealers, unknown to others. Its shores were among the first places to be settled by Europeans. Today, it has the reputation of huge vistas and picturesque villages hardly touched by tourism. Join us in reminiscing about several visits to the region, including our trip in 2020.

YCLML 421 Stalin’s Last Crime

Time: Wednesday, July 7, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

In 1948, Stalin embarked on a vendetta against Jewish doctors and prominent Jews, with the claim that they were promoting cosmopolitanism. This persecution was also intertwined with his support of Lysenko versus the geneticist scientists, many of whom ended up in the Gulag. In a convoluted way, this policy progressed towards a major anti-Zionist purge and major trials. Further events like these were prevented by Stalin’s unexpected death in March 1953.

YCLML 422 Counter Terrorism – How to Survive an Attack

Time: Wednesday, July 7, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Howard King

In the first part, participants will receive information on increasing their chances of survival in a variety of different situations. In the second part, a real case where this information was used successfully will be highlighted.

YCLML 448 Fragments of My Life

Time: Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Gerry Roy

This lecture will consist of a sampling of anecdotes, stories and personal experiences that have added flavour to my life. Some are of human interest, some have an unpredictable denouement, some were close calls. But I’ve survived…!

YCLML 424 The Acropolis: Athena, Myth and Meaning

Time: Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Wendela Stier

With the help of pictures, we will take a good look at the styles of the temples, their possible polychrome, and the use of the ancient Athenian Acropolis. The temples are all largely dedicated to the goddess Athena in her many appearances, yet her connection to the Parthenon is still debated.

YCLML 425 The Disproportionate Power of Pharmaceutical Companies!

Time: Wednesday, July 14, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nadia Alexan

For the past 50 years, pharmaceutical companies have been wielding their extraordinary power to elicit untold profits for shareholders at the expense of publicly-funded research. Big Pharma has fostered a culture of corruption to advance their interests at the expense of citizens. Perhaps no policy area exemplifies this corruption more than the issue of drug pricing. We will explore this essential area of public interest.

YCLML 426 Chinese Visual Arts under the Song Dynasty

Time: Wednesday, July 14, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Frank Nicholson

The rule of the Song dynasty, which ran from 960 to 1279 CE, saw a flowering of the Chinese visual arts - painting, ceramics, sculpture, architecture and calligraphy. The quantity of artistic production increased significantly across the board, while landscape painting and ceramics reached new levels of refinement, contributing to this period becoming known as the Chinese Renaissance.

YCLML 427 Thomas Becket: The Murder That Shook the Middle Ages

Time: Wednesday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ruth Allan Rigby

To mark the 850th anniversary of Becket’s brutal murder in Canterbury Cathedral, this illustrated lecture will explore his remarkable life, death and legacy. It presents his journey from a merchant's son to Chancellor and then Archbishop of Canterbury.

YCLML 428 Marvels and Limits of Vaccines

Time: Wednesday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Thérèse Bouchez

After reviewing how vaccines stimulate our natural defenses against infectious diseases, we will look at the different types of vaccines and why mRNA vaccines are a breakthrough. We will have a glimpse at vaccine pharmacovigilance and at the reasons why vaccines may not be efficacious in some people. The lecturer is a former pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist.

YCLML 429 A Visit to Petra – Wonderland of the Past

Time: Wednesday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Thelma Timmy Cohen

“A rose-red city half as old as time…” reflects some truth about the city of Petra. This remote city, located in a canyon in Jordan, was rediscovered by Europeans in the early 1800s and is one of the world’s great archeological treasures. Marvel at the deep gorges and multi-coloured mountains into which this ancient city was carved. Learn about Petra’s history and the culture of its Nabatean inhabitants. Repeat lecture.

YCLML 430 Ekaterina Dashkova - Far More Than a Princess

Time: Wednesday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Tom Douglis

Raised in privilege, Princess Dashkova chose a life of achievement and adventure over the glitter of the Russian court. She helped Catherine the Great take the throne, studied Enlightenment thinkers, traveled widely, worked with Voltaire, Adam Smith and Ben Franklin and was the first woman to lead a national scientific society. This illustrated lecture will reveal the many facets of this amazing woman.

YCLML 431 Nutrition Research and Education in Africa

Time: Wednesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Nii Addy and Brian Webber

Continuing the MCLL - Africa series, we will assemble an inter-generational panel to explore the intersection of mobile learning, nutrition research and education for improving agri-food and health outcomes in Africa. Panelists will be drawn from McGill faculty, alumni, Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Scholars and Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES), working with partner organizations in African countries and Canada.

YCLML 432 The Dissolution of the Monasteries in England and Wales

Time: Wednesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ruth Allan Rigby

This illustrated lecture will focus on Hugh Willmott’s recent book which provides a timely and original overview of the dissolution of the monasteries and its longer term effects on the social and physical landscape of England and Wales. Willmott takes a more nuanced approach to the understanding of an event that has polarized debates ever since the 16th century.

YCLML 433 The Mistress of Paris

Time: Wednesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

In the Belle Époque, Valtesse de La Bigne, a working-class woman, became a celebrated and rich courtesan of Paris. She had liaisons with many well-to-do and quite powerful men. Her career was reflected in Zola’s book Nana. She even had political influence in the French colonial expansion in Indochina. She also supported many famous painters, and ran a salon, where artists and politicians could meet.

YCLML 434 Toronto’s Mayors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Time: Wednesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Frank Nicholson

This talk will tell the history of Canada’s largest city, from its incorporation in 1834 to how it is currently coping with the COVID pandemic, by examining the lives of its chief magistrates, including one who led an insurrection against the provincial government and another who brought an end to the century-long domination of City Hall by the Orange Order.

YCLML 435 Looking Ahead: Post-Pandemic Life

Time: Wednesday, August 4, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Marna Murray

The world experienced a pandemic in the last year, the first one in a century. What is next? What have we learned? What may be different next time? Taking some clues from history, let us consider the future in areas such as technology, medicine, the economy, travel, work, and family life.

YCLML 436 Most Deadly Creature in the World — Mosquito

Time: Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Ruth Allan Rigby

This illustrated talk concerns mosquitoes which spread malaria that kills over 400,000 people a year. An Oxford medical team is entering the final stage of human trials for a vaccine against malaria. This innovation, along with global cooperation, and continued political leadership, may end malaria once and for all.

YCLML 437 The Eiffel Tower - A Wonderful Achievement or Not?

Time: Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: George Lapa

The construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed on March 31, 1889, in time for the World’s Fair to be held that year and to mark the centenary of the French Revolution - July 14, 1789. This presentation will cover the various phases of its construction, lasting over two years, as well as the many technical, financial and political challenges faced by Gustave Eiffel, its engineer.

YCLML 438 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Time: Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: John Wolforth

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was established by a small group of young artists in 1848. Their aim was to radically change English art. As their movement grew and absorbed other artists and poets, it both affected and was affected by the social and religious currents in Victorian England.

YCLML 439 Contemporary Art and Ecofeminism

Time: Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Amelia Wong-Mersereau

This presentation will discuss how contemporary artists are responding creatively to the current environmental crisis. My thesis research is focused on the Chinese artist Kong Ning, so she will be my primary example. In Kong’s art, gender and sexuality become entwined with nature, creating a strong political commentary. This case study is highly relevant to the field of global art history.

YCLML 440 Edward Maxwell, Architect: Works of a Master

Time: Wednesday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Michael Moore

Edward Maxwell, the renowned Montréal architect who shaped so much of Montreal’s legacy of fine heritage buildings, will be the focus of this presentation. A comprehensive overview, which includes the Birks building and the Meredith house, will lead into an intimate journey through the Lafleur Estate, still very much alive, in Saint-Lazare.

YCLML 441 The Indus Civilization

Time: Wednesday, August 18, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Muriel Herrington

The Indus civilization was contemporaneous with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Norte Chico (Caral, Peru). It spanned the current day border between Pakistan and India. I will discuss the archeological findings about this civilization and what has been deduced about the activities of its people.

YCLML 442 Sleep – We All Do It!

Time: Wednesday, August 18, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Peter Roberts, Marna Murray, Marlene Chan

Sleep often changes with age.  Was Shakespeare an insomniac? Members of a study group of last winter will share some of their findings on getting better sleep. Participate in the discussion - please email your questions to the lecturers in advance [proberts [at]] or use the Zoom chat function during the presentation.

YCLML 443 Francis Bacon: Flesh, Death and Desire

Time: Wednesday, August 18, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Eduardo Cabrera

The paintings of Francis Bacon are a fascinating, yet difficult, experience for the eye and the mind. His depictions of the human body, between abstraction and reality, have challenged audiences and critics of the 20th century. Let’s immerse ourselves in the aesthetics and mechanism of this master of suffering and desire in humankind.

YCLML 444 Propaganda: The Power of Photography and Film

Time: Wednesday, August 18, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Olivier Courteaux

Military historian Olivier Courteaux will describe how government propagandists used photography and film in World War I, the interwar period (1919-39) and, more recently, the war on terror to rally their citizens.

YCLML 445 Operation Torch, 1942, and the Fall of Vichy

Time: Wednesday, August 25, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Harry Belsey

The talk will look at British and American relationships with Vichy France and examine some of the British campaigns against Vichy French colonies, which resulted in Frenchmen fighting Frenchmen. The uneasy relationship culminated in Operation Torch, the invasion on French North Africa by the Allies and the fall of Vichy France.

YCLML 446 The Beatles Through the Looking Glass

Time: Wednesday, August 25, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Philip Harrison

There is not much more to be said about the Beatles, but music is personal and the songs from the Beatles shaped my late teenage years and my early twenties. So, you will hear my thoughts, and I welcome yours.  For the second hour, we will view a video produced by someone who knows what they are talking about.

YCLML 447 Ancient DNA

Time: Wednesday, August 25, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

Quite recently, it became possible to extract DNA from old bones, some of them 50,000 years old. The results have changed the way we study human migrations and how archeologists look at Homo sapiens on all continents. It gives us new insight into how our DNA is affected by the past intermingling of different populations.

Fall 2021 Workshops

YCLML 449 Who You Think Yourself You Are – DiSC Personality Profiling

Time: Friday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Fatima-Zahra Kerdoum

This coaching workshop will help you understand the dynamics of your behavioural styles and those of other people. The workshop introduces DiSC personality profiling, a behavioural theory assessment tool that will help you understand and connect with people easily.

Fall 2021 Lectures

YCLML 450 Guardian 200: Celebrating a Bicentennial

Time: Friday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.  
Presenter: Ruth Allan Rigby

It is 200 years since the Guardian was formed to champion reform, progress and the truth. This lecture will delve into the news organisation's origins, its purpose and impact over the years, and examine the things that Guardian journalism changed for the better – and the mistakes it made. An illustrated lecture. 

YCLML 451 Effects of Aging on Learning and Decision-Making Abilities

Time: Friday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Alexa Ruel and Ben Eppinger

Decision-making abilities change substantially across the human lifespan. However, the underlying psychological mechanisms are poorly understood. In this talk, we will present research on age differences in decision-making from childhood to old age and provide an outlook on potential applications in the educational and health sectors.  Guest lecturers, PhD student and Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University

YCLML 452 A Medieval Whodunit

Time: Friday, September 17, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Frank Nicholson

Along a dark, narrow street in Paris, France, on a chilly evening in November, 1407, the Duke of Orléans, the King’s brother, is brutally murdered by a gang of thugs. Come learn how the crime was solved and how the discovery of who was behind the attack destabilized the kingdom. 

YCLML 453 Modern Western Architecture

Time: Friday, September 17, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Raymond Stern

Modern architecture emerged in the late 19th century.  This lecture will cover the reactions to WW1 of early modernism in America and Europe, the elevator, the Chicago School, Art Deco.  The Modern Movement - Bauhaus, Erich Mendelsohn, reinforced concrete – will be discussed. Three great pioneers - Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe – will be featured.  After WW2 came Louis Kahn, Zara Hadid and cutting-edge modernism. 

YCLML 454 Hypertension

Time: Friday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Leora Birnbaum

Guidelines for prevention, diagnosis, risk assessment and treatment of hypertension will be examined. 

YCLML 455 Boundary Walls

Time: Friday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Harald von Cramon

Since times immemorial, people have attempted to protect themselves by installing elaborate defensive walls, such as in China, Berlin or between the USA and Mexico. None of them work for very long, some not even in the short run. 

YCLML 456 Consciousness and Prehistoric Architecture

Time: Friday, September 24, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Raymond Stern

The breathtakingly beautiful art deep inside caves in Upper Paleolithic times provokes awe and wonder.  How did this major transition into becoming what we call human come about?   What are some of the interpretations of this phenomenon?  When did permanent built forms come into being?  The Prehistoric era is a source of ongoing fascination and research. 

YCLML 457 Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina Profile

Time: Friday, September 24, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Catherine Watson

A Facebook friendship between a young woman in Damascus and a woman in Montreal turns out to be a hoax. A screening of the film The Amina Profile - part love story, part international thriller and a gripping chronicle of unprecedented media deception - followed by discussion. (Warning. There are some explicit sex scenes at the beginning of the film).

YCLML 458 Turmoil in the Middle-East During and After WW I

Time: Friday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Gerry Roy

It was a game of lies, deceit, and double-dealing that shaped the Middle-East to suit western purposes, but that failed to produce stability in the region. And the turmoil persists to this day! 

YCLML 459 Manipulating Immunotherapy in Cancer: A Journey from the Bench to Clinical Trial

Time: Friday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Michel L. Tremblay

About 25 years ago, my laboratory at McGill University started to study one particular gene that seemed to be involved in different immunological function. We published over 30 papers that brought us slowly to identifying this gene as a target for inhibitor improving of immune responses against cancer. We thus started a small biotech and worked with colleagues at the MUHC and in two foundations to bring this discovery towards patients. A scientific and an exciting journey presented as a candid discussion. Guest lecturer, Chair, Department of Bio-chemistry and Oncology, McGill University.

YCLML 460 Culture Shifts

Time: Friday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

Shifts in culture do occur at certain times, some of them peacefully, others during violent revolutions. The shifts change the paradigm of the times and often are accompanied by the burning of books, the destruction of monuments and the changing of names of places and events. We will survey some of these changes from early history and see how they apply to the present. 

YCLML 461 Relapse to Drug Seeking – Animal Models

Time: Friday, October 8, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Uri Shalev

Addiction to opioid drugs is a devastating disorder that was associated with more than 4300 deaths in 2020 in Canada. Valid animal models are critical for data-driven development of efficient treatments. I will discuss some of the most used models for relapse in rats, their advantages and limitations.  Guest lecturer, Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University.

YCLML 462 Turbulence

Time: Friday, October 8, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nicole de Rochemont

When war broke out in summer 1914, artists were among its biggest cheerleaders. Britain and France, Europe’s dominant 19th-century military and cultural powers, saw the war as necessary for reinforcing the continental status quo, while Germany viewed it as an opportunity for “purging” Europe of cultural malaise. Dive into the world of those who would shape the future cultural world. 

YCLML 463 Making a Case for Men’s Fashion: Luxury and Industry at France’s 1920s International Expositions

Time: Friday, October 8, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Potvin

This lecture will present a discussion of the way that men’s sartorial fashions were staged, advertised and discursively constructed at the 1924 French Exposition in Paris. This fashion extravaganza established a French sense of post-war style and luxury which led to L’Exposition de France à L’Athenes in Greece in 1928. These two events put an end to the prior emphasis on notions of heroism, sobriety and respectability, and ushered in an era of stylistic elegance in men’s apparel.  Guest lecturer, Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University.  

YCLML 464 Cannabis Use: Prescription Versus Recreational 

Time: Friday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Leora Birnbaum

This lecture will cover the history of Cannabis and review specific therapeutic and recreational uses, including benefits and risks. 

YCLML 465 Women of Impressionism

Time: Friday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Kay Palkhivala

Brief biographies and representative works of three or four women artists of the French Impressionist movement will be presented. I plan to include works by Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassat, Eva Gonzales, and Marie Braquemond. For each artist, I will give a brief biography, some notes on her place in the Impressionist group, and an illustrated survey of the evolution of her painting style.  

YCLML 466 The Indus Valley Civilization

Time: Friday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: John Felvinci

From 5000 to 3300 years before the present, a highly developed civilization existed in the Indus valley. Excavations in the 20th century brought to light the extent of this culture. Archeologists found citadels, large buildings, and a water distribution system. They also discovered a highly organized trade with Sumer. We will also explore the two major cities, Harappa and Mohenjo-daro. 

YCLML 467 The Wind Is Not as Innocent as It Appears

Time: Friday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Lorna Roth

Traditional windmills are aesthetic structures that also serve to grind grain, pump water, and produce electricity.  This lecture will contextualize windmill history, and its evolution to modern wind turbines and farms. Recent evidence of “infrasound’s” negative impact on residents near wind farms raises critical questions about their innocence as “green energy.” This will become the focus of our group discussion. 

YCLML 468 Social Media and Democracy

Time: Friday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Tim Ewbank

Social media is now ubiquitous. While it offers many benefits, it also has had some unexpected negative consequences. This talk will reflect on how this came about, how social media has been used to influence democratic processes around the world and what should and can be done to better control its negative aspects. 

YCLML 469 Revolutionary Relativity Forever

Time: Friday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Eduardo Cabrera

More than a hundred years after it was revealed to the world, Einstein’s relativity theory is still being confirmed by the latest astronomical discoveries. Let us explore how this theory has revolutionized our understanding and our perception of our world through its mind-bending predictions and its everyday applications. 

YCLML 470 The Role of Parents in Transmitting Gender Roles to Children 

Time: Friday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Maxine Iannuccilli

Despite great social and economic strides, we are still far from gender equality. Stereotypes about gender remain embedded in our society and start to affect behavior at a very young age. This lecture will take a closer look at how parents transmit beliefs about gender to their children.  Guest lecturer, MA, Department of Psychology, Concordia University.  

YCLML 471 Climate Change Post-Pandemic…Some Thoughts

Time: Friday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Elizabeth Robinson

This lecture will summarize the book The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success – Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress, published in 2020 by Prof. Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Simon Fraser University. (The book is available online in pdf form for free).  We will also discuss implications for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November, 2021. 

YCLML 472 “I Am Not a Migrant”: Witness Accounts of Deportation from a Migrant Shelter in Tijuana, Mexico

Time: Friday, October 29, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Arturo Esquivel

In this lecture, I will discuss the process of deportation and the institutional barriers that Mexican and Central American deportees face when they (re)settle in Mexico. I will also look at the different ways in which deportees cope with their new realities and the impossibility of returning to the United States. Guest lecturer, PhD student, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University

YCLML 473 Social Attitudes Toward Non-Native Speakers in Montreal and Calgary

Time: Friday, October 29, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Kym Taylor Reid

As Canada’s immigrant population continues to grow, how do native residents of Montreal and Calgary feel about non-native speakers in their communities? We will take a look at how attitudes compare between the two different linguistic contexts, as well as the role that background and exposure play in forming these attitudes. Guest lecturer, PhD student, Department of Education, Applied Linguistics, Concordia University

YCLML 474 Queen Cleopatra (69-30 BCE) – A Most Recognizable Name in History

Time: Friday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: George Lapa

Even after more than 2,000 years, Cleopatra, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, remains a figure of mystery and fascination and has been the subject of many books and movies. She lived during an era of major historical upheaval.  We will explore her life and her influence. 

YCLML 475 An Economy Based on Opportunity Rather Than Scarcity

Time: Friday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Nadia Alexan

In her book, The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy, economist Stephanie Kelton topples the idea that the federal government should budget like a household, that deficits will harm the next generation, crowd out private investment, undermine long-term growth, and that spending will propel us toward a grave fiscal crisis.  

YCLML 476 Uruk, First Megacity of the Ancient World

Time: Friday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Wolfgang Schneider

Thanks to the Bible, everybody knows about Babylon and Nineveh.  But what about Uruk, home of Gilgamesh and the goddess Inanna, or Ishtar?  That’s where it all started: urbanism, bureaucracy, writing, literature, monumental architecture, mass production, even toilets!  We will explore the beginnings of Uruk as human civilization changed from village life to life in the big city. 

YCLML 477 George Bizos: Legendary Civil Rights Lawyer

Time: Friday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. 
Presenter: Angella Lambrou

George Bizos spent his life fighting injustice in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. He defended many of the African National Congress activists, including Nelson Mandela, with whom he had a lifelong friendship. In this lecture, I will share with you what I have learned about this remarkable man. 

YCLML 478 Science Nobel Prizes 2021

Time: Friday, November 12, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

In this lecture, we will discuss the science behind the 2021 Nobel prizes. All three scientific Nobel prizes - Physics, Chemistry and Physiology/Medicine - will be covered. The actual subjects will be decided after the presentation of the Nobel Prizes this fall. 

YCLML 479 Christmas Readings by Charles Dickens

Time: Friday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.  
Presenter: Andrew Macdougall

Andrew Macdougall will recreate Charles Dickens reading two of his Christmas stories: The Chimes and The Poor Traveller.

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