Wonderful Wednesdays!

Summer 2022 Lectures and Workshops

Summer Registration for Wonderful Wednesdays Opens June 13, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Term Duration: July 6 – August 24, 2022


Fall 2022 Fabulous Fridays!

Fall Registration Opens August 2, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Term Duration: September 12 – November 24, 2022


Lectures will be offered with one of three types of attendance:

  1. In-person only - Entirely in the MCLL classroom, attendance only in person.
  2. Online only - Attendance is only by Zoom.
  3. Hybrid – Some participants will be seated in the classroom; others may attend at the same time via Zoom. The lecturer will be in the classroom.

When registering, please note the type of attendance for the lecture you wish to attend. For a hybrid lecture, please choose one of these two sections: Hybrid In-person or Hybrid Online.

If you plan to attend in-person, please review MCLL’s Covid-19 Classroom Policy


MCLL Lecture Program

We offer a program of lectures by members of the MCLL community and other lifelong learning organizations, as well as university faculty members who have been invited to share their research with us on a variety of topics.

View MCLL Summer 2022 Wonderful Wednesdays lecture program

View MCLL Fall 2022 lecture program


 

View the full lecture schedule

 

Zoom Anxiety

Because all of the lectures and many of the study groups will be offered online, some of you who do not feel comfortable working with computers might be concerned about your ability to join online Zoom sessions. If you are 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 contact you and help you join a practice Zoom session, please send an email request to caring.mcll [at] gmail.com.

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Summer 2022 Workshops and Lectures

MCLL Workshops



YCLML 542 Journal Writing (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Manon Wascher

Join us for an enjoyable morning of journal writing. If you are curious about journal writing or if you already journal, you will enjoy this time together writing privately about yourself and your life - with some discussion thrown in. Journal writing is a splendid tool that is recommended by many professionals and brings innumerable benefits. See you on July 6th!



YCLML 543 Demystifying Climate Change Solutions (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Paul MacLean

Which solutions are more effective in arresting the rise in global temperature: driving electric cars, planting trees or taxing coal production? Is any one solution going to make a difference? In this interactive workshop, the facilitator, who is a retired environmental consultant will invite the participants to imagine a world that has successfully dealt with the climate crisis, then, using MIT’s En-ROADS climate simulator, try to figure out the energy and economic policy changes and technological fixes to get there.



YCLML 544 Art Hub (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Freda Segal

This workshop is for anyone interested in drawing, painting, singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, reading poems or stories, or reading a piece of one’s own writing. We will have an Open Mic so that all participants can present their work. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion of the work... why the individual chose the piece, how being involved in the arts has helped during the Pandemic.



YCLML 545 Drama for Fun (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Freda Segal

The workshop is designed to bring forth laughter and to encourage socialization that will help us through these difficult times. We’ll do some fun improvisations and drama games - nothing serious. We’ll try to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

MCLL Lectures



YCLML 546 The Battle of Moscow, 1941 (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Harry Belsey

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, a key target was Moscow. The Axis forces reached the city in December and tried to encircle it, but the defences held - at a cost of a million Russian casualties. Furious, Hitler dismissed the supreme commander of the German Army and assumed the role himself. Moscow residents celebrate the victory every year with an historical re-enactment. Harry Belsey is a member of the University of the Third Age in Cambridge, England.



YCLML 547 (in-person)/YCLML 548 (online)
Escape from the Ayatollahs in My Homeland
Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

Time: Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Soheila Raesinezhad

A young, ambitious, confused, and restless girl sought the means to escape from the restrictions imposed by the Islamic regime in Iran. She took a big risk by getting married to a stranger. How did it work out?



YCLML 549 Athenian Vase Paintings: Snapshots from Antiquity (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Wendela Stier

The Athenian black-figure and red-figure pottery from the seventh to the third centuries BCE provide a major source for learning about different activities in ancient Greece. We will be discussing the production and the specific use and forms of some vessels, and the figure styles. The focus, though, will be on the imagery, which probably is better seen on the screen than in museums.



YCLML 550 Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (online)

Wednesday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.DATE
Presenter: Bruce Jewell

Sophie Scholl and her fellow university students who formed the White Rose movement in Munich in 1942 provide a powerful example of youthful resistance to tyranny and war. Appalled by what Nazi troops were doing on the Eastern front, the group set out to alert the German people by distributing pamphlets and leaflets. Sophie was arrested and guillotined, her final words being, “What does my death matter if by our acts thousands are warned and alerted”. Bruce Jewell is a member of the University of the Third Age in Stafford, England.



YCLML 551 The Sound of Music in COVID-19 Pandemic Time (online)

Wednesday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.DATE
Presenter: Paul Kuai-Yu Leong

During COVID-19, creative and resilient people cheered up many with performances of sweet melodies and kindred parodies. This presentation is about those enchanting opuses. Join us in this ode to the joy of life, music and humour during this challenging pandemic time. Cheers! (Repeat lecture).



YCLML 552 The European Union: Past, Present and Future (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 20, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Francis Jacobs

Why was the European Union originally formed, how has the EU evolved and expanded and what challenges does it face today and in the coming years? The speaker, the former head of the European Parliament’s information office, who now participates in many European think tanks and transatlantic conversations, will provide information to stimulate a vigorous discussion of this key international organization.



YCLML 553 Update on War in Ukraine (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 20, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Denis Thompson

A lecture on recent events vis-à-vis the war in Ukraine that will explore the situation on the ground, the geo-strategic repercussions, and the military implications.



YCLML 554 Political Parodies in Popular Songs (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Paul Kuai-Yu Leong

"Fools are my theme, let satire (parody) be my song... And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep..." (Lord Byron). So, let's have a good laugh at some political parodies - combined with well-tuned popular songs - in this Wonderful Wednesday presentation. Cheers.



YCLML 555 Different Aspects of Florida (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Tony Frayne and Hélène Robillard Frayne

Beyond the Florida of Disneyworld and Miami Beach, this region (including eastern Georgia) has an interesting history, a vibrant society and a booming economy. Florida has recently become the third most populous state in the Union. There are also quieter oases with superb vegetation and exotic wildlife. The lectures will describe and illustrate these sites based on frequent visits over the years.



YCLML 556 Ancient DNA and New Science of Our Human Past (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ruth Rigby

This illustrated lecture, based on David Reich’s recent book, Who We Are and How We Got Here, will explore the challenges of accessing our deep human past. Reich tells the intriguing story of how humans spread to every corner of the planet: a process only revealed after Reich and other scientists unlocked the secrets of ancient DNA.



YCLML 557 Eva Peron - Former First Lady of Argentina (online)

Time: Wednesday, July 27, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Paul Kuai-Yu Leong

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, born in poverty in 1919, died at 33 in 1952 having become one of the most influential women in Argentine history. How powerful, opportunistic and/or polemical was she? Join us for a discussion of the legacy of Eva Peron - even though there will be no cry for Evita.



YCLML 558 Climate Change and Local Action: It All Begins with Us (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: David Johnstone

Many of us are waiting for the federal or provincial governments and industry to introduce measures to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions. But a large percentage of GHGs emanate from our communities, meaning that local governments have the ability to accomplish a great deal. This presentation will identify some of the things that can be done at the local level, and will invite the participants to see what can be done in their local communities to tackle the problem of climate change.



YCLML 559 The World of Stonehenge (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ruth Rigby

This illustrated lecture will discuss highlights from the current exhibition at the British Museum that shines a light on the purpose for which Stonehenge was built, its cultural power and the people who created it. The presentation will be informed by recent ground-breaking archaeological and scientific discoveries that bring the story of Stonehenge into sharper focus. (Repeat lecture).



YCLML 560 Furniture: History, Style and Design (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Michael Moore

A journey through the development and design of residential furniture from Jacobean times to today. The discussion will begin with the 18th century English and French styles, followed by a look at Bauhaus, Art Deco, Scandinavian and Modern designs. This lecture will be based on an educational text authored by the lecturer using the latest e-technology (QR codes).



YCLML 561 This Digital Life (In-person)

Time: Wednesday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Katherine Prigge

This lecture will provide an engaging overview of the world of technology. We begin by learning how the internet started and what it actually is. From there we dive into the stories behind some of the most influential internet companies and then take a peek into what our digital future holds. This is a beginner-level lecture, no tech background or base of knowledge is required.



YCLML 562 (in-person)/YCLML 563 (online)
The Rebel Scribe
Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

Time: Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Christopher Neal

Christopher Neal will summarize The Rebel Scribe – Carleton Beals and The Progressive Challenge to US Policy in Latin America, his just-published analytical biography of 20th-century American journalist Carleton Beals. His prescient coverage of Mexico, Cuba and Central America from the 1920s-1960s made him a precursor of later critics of US foreign policy. Beals’ accounts of formative events and close exposure to leaders from Carranza to Castro illustrate US neo-imperialism, dependency theory, right- and left-wing dictatorship, and revolution.



YCLML 564 (in-person)/YCLML 565 (online)
Arras, ville d’art et d’histoire
Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

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

En dehors de leur amour pour la musique, qu’il y a-t-il de commun entre le célèbre physicien du 20e siècle Louis Leprince-Ringuet et le poète du 13e Adam de la Halle? Tous deux vécurent à Arras, un nom synonyme de tapisseries de haute lisse en plusieurs langues, où le centre-ville de style hispano-flamand témoigne encore de son riche passé. Arras recèle bien d’autres trésors d’art et d’histoire depuis l’antiquité jusqu’à présent, dont des liens inattendus avec un recteur de l’Université McGill, héros de Vimy.



YCLML 566 The Alinker, a Wonderful Mobility Device (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 10, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Muriel Herrington

The Alinker is a walking tricycle designed by Barbara Alink. Users are seated at almost standing height and move about by walking. I will demonstrate the features of the Alinker and describe the experiences of users, including myself.



YCLML 567 Egon Schiele: The Thin Cutting Line (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 10, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Eduardo Cabrera

From early 20th century Vienna came a painter whose mastery of the line brought to his portraits a rare intensity. The eroticism and raw sexuality of his paintings left a strong imprint on the art world, despite the brevity of his life. Let’s explore the fascinating life and work of Egon Schiele during a time of turmoil in history.



YCLML 568 The Wreck of the Medusa (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Frank Nicholson

The subject of this talk will be the most famous sea disaster of the 19th century – the sinking of the French warship Medusa. The suffering, cannibalism and 130+ deaths that occurred on a raft left to drift after an incompetent captain ran his French warship aground, and the legal and political fallout from this disaster contributed to the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in 1830, and inspired the Romantic artist Géricault, whose masterpiece, now hanging in the Louvre, insured that the tragedy would not be forgotten.



YCLML 569 The Flora, the Fauna, Rivers… and Electricity (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Gerry Roy

With current concerns about energy sources and their influence on the environment and climate change, hydroelectric power is among the cleanest forms of energy. But it is not entirely clean. This lecture will provide an outline of its negative aspects and will even attempt to glimpse at the future.



YCLML 570 Writing: A Creative Challenge (online)

Time: Wednesday, August 17, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Michael Moore

An introductory journey into the art of creative writing, exploring ideas about the nature of creativity; the general disciplines that every writer needs; elements of fiction including voice, narrative, character, plot and the evoking of emotion; ideas involved in different forms of writing such as stories, poetry, novels, plays and memoirs, with exercises on how to achieve work that will engage readers from the start and compel them forward to the end.



YCLML 571 Ukraine and the Third World War on the Horizon (In-Person) 

Time: Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. 
Presenter: Mireille Coulourides

This lecture will cover the latest developments in the Ukrainian crisis, including NATO and its strategies, the sanctions and their beneficiaries, and the refugee crisis. This will lead to increase an analysis of political power and market forces in the new world order. 



YCLML 572 (in-person)/YCLML 573 (online)
The Blossomings of the City of Nancy Since Stanislaw
Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

Time: Wednesday, August 24, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Thérèse Bouchez

In the 18th century, Stanislaw Leszczynski turned Nancy, the capital of Lorraine, into a vibrant European cultural centre. His public square district is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Nancy bloomed again on the world stage at the turn of the 20th century with its Art Nouveau Nancy School, and its School of Chemical Engineering around Grignard (1912 Nobel prize). In the second half of the 20th century, its university professors pioneered the development of Social Pediatrics and Neonatology.

MCLL FALL 2022 OUTING and Lectures

MCLL Outing


YCLML 574 Treck Urbain dans un nouveau quartier de Montréal/Urban Treck in a New Montreal Neighborhood (bilingual visit - In-person)

Time: Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. (Rain date: October 21)
Presenter: Marjolaine Lalonde

Un nouveau quartier prend forme autour du Centre des Sciences le MIL -Université de Montréal et de l'ancienne cour de triage d'Outremont. The Outremont rail yard has long divided Montreal. However, today, a neighborhood is taking shape around the new MIL campus of the Université de Montréal. A sustainable development project (LEED, green spaces) will link Park-Ex to Outremont. Departure for the walk will be from Metro Outremont (Advertised date for completion of metro repairs in August). On foot, let's explore together! Maximum: 12 participants

MCLL Lectures


YCLML 575 Let's Celebrate Louis Pasteur's 200! (Online)

Time: Friday, September 16, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Thérèse Bouchez

Born in 1822, the French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was one of the most important founders of medical microbiology. His contributions to science, technology, and medicine are nearly without precedent. He discovered that microorganisms cause fermentation and disease, originated the process of pasteurization, saved the beer, wine, and silk industries in France, and developed vaccines against anthrax and rabies. He was also a forerunner in the promotion of elementary hygiene rules and social distancing.



YCLML 576 (In-person)/YCLML 577 (Online) Update on War in Ukraine Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

Time: Friday, September 16, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Denis Thompson

A presentation on recent events vis-à-vis the war in Ukraine with a view to discussing the situation on the ground, the geo-strategic repercussions, and the military implications.



YCLML 578 Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time - Today (In-person)

Time: Friday, September 16, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Barbara Karasek

Apart from the Bible, there is probably no body of material that is as familiar to Western society as fairy tales. Transmitted orally for hundreds of years until they were eventually recorded, these tales can be found in many versions worldwide. Thus, fairy tales have undergone constant transformation as generations of tellers, collectors, writers, and artists have been drawn to this mother lode of story. What can account for their enduring popularity?



YCLML 579 Maria Callas: Never to Forget - December 2nd, 1923 - September 16th,1977 (In-person)

Time: Friday, September 16, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Naomi (Nonny) Rankin

On this 45th Anniversary of "La Divina's" passing, we will pay homage to the operatic wonder of Maria Callas by sharing a biographical film of this legendary opera singer. Her vocal brilliance and radiant smile will ever continue to live on.



YCLML 580 Towards the Africa of Tomorrow – lecture 1 (Online)

Time: Friday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Nii Addy and Brian Webber

Africa will be the forum for growth in the next 25 years and also key to many climate-respecting initiatives. What are some of the key Africa-related issues that can affect us in Canada and what can we do about them? This is the first of a series of three lectures flowing from the intergenerational collaboration between MCLL and the McGill MasterCard Foundation (MCF) Transitions Project. Speakers will address critical issues linking Africa and Canada and provide insights into research and entrepreneurship initiatives that can contribute to strengthened economic and social development. Specific topics and speakers will be announced well before each lecture.



YCLML 581 Breast Cancer Screening (Online)

Time: Friday, September 23 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Leora Birnbaum

This lecture will review breast cancer including its prevalence, risk factors, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. The lecture will focus on breast cancer in older individuals and emphasize the importance of screening.



YCLML 582 Propaganda and Disinformation (Online)

Time: Friday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

In this lecture, we will look at the origins of propaganda, how it developed during wars and dictatorships. We will show many cartoons and propaganda posters during this talk. The origins of disinformation and its use by the great powers will also be covered.



YCLML 583 (In-person)/YCLML 584 (Online) Two Great Modern Art Museums Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

Time: Friday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Raymond Stern

This presentation will cover the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, and the Tate Modern in London. For each museum, we will start with the remarkable story of how the museum was founded and who was responsible for this. Then we will look at how each museum evolved, with highlights of some of its world-famous famous contents. This lecture will be image driven.



YCLML 585 Chopin's Mazurkas (Online)

Time: Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m
Presenter: Jarred Dunn, McGill Conservatory of Music

This lecture will introduce listeners to Chopin's Mazurkas for piano, the miniatures that are his personal diary. This will include choreography, instruments, and Polish folk music/culture. As well, there will be some guided listening and demonstration of different Mazurka traits.



YCLML 586 Implementing UNDRIP in Canada (Online)

Time: Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Peter H. Russell

Wondering where Canada is at with implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Peter H. Russell, Professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto and renowned author and expert on constitutional and Indigenous issues, will take us through the history of the UN Declaration, its key provisions and those of the recent Canadian legislation to implement it and the path forward to complete the process of reconciliation and decolonization.



YCLML 610 A Visit to Bhutan (Online)

Time: Friday, September 30,1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Richard Lock

In this presentation, Richard Lock will share images and stories from his recent trip to Bhutan – an isolated but fascinating country.



YCLML 587 (In-person)/YCLML 588 (Online) Two Remarkable Museum Stories Hybrid lecture - register for in-person or online attendance

Time: Friday, September 30, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Raymond Stern

1st -The Smithsonian Institute in the US – the remarkable story of how this institute was founded and by whom. How it evolved to be the largest museum and research centre in the world. Followed by a closer look at one of the Smithsonian museums – the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

2nd -The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg – its origins, its evolution, its intertwining with important historical and political movements – its astonishing collections – its relevance to the war in Ukraine. This will be an image driven lecture.



YCLML 589 Frederick Law Olmsted at 200 (Online)

Time: Friday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ruth Allan Rigby

The year 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. In 1880 Montrealers concerned about the fate of their green oasis mobilized to demand that the City create a park. The City acquiesced and invested a million dollars to purchase a number of private lots, then hired landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, to design Mount Royal. This park confirmed Olmsted's vision: people need clean air and time in nature. An illustrated lecture.



YCLML 590 History of Writing (Online)

Time: Friday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: George Lapa

This presentation will outline the history of writing from its origin some 5,500 years ago in Mesopotamia, as cuneiform script, to our present-day alphabet. There will be a discussion of various writing surfaces such as clay tablets, papyrus, vellum and paper, as well as writing tools such as reeds and quills. P.S. There will be a demonstration of how paper is made from cotton rags.



YCLML 591 Are We Better Informed Today Than We Were 50 Years Ago? (Online)

Time: Friday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nadia Alexan

In 1988, Noam Chomsky published an important book called Manufacturing Consent, a compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up the errors and deceptions of those in power. Today, we have social media and umpteen news sources, but are we really better informed, or are we exposed to the shameless propaganda of countless lobbyists, spin doctors and PR firms, who work diligently to whitewash their ruthlessness, in order to establish a common ideology?



YCLML 592 ETs: Their Presence and Our Future (Online)

Time: Friday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Don Donderi

Some people claim that extraterrestrials have been watching and studying humans for decades. I review the history of this alleged interference and its implications for our future.



YCLML 593 Towards the Africa of Tomorrow – lecture 2 (Online)

Time: Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Nii Addy and Brian Webber

Africa will be the forum for growth in the next 25 years and also key to many climate-respecting initiatives. What are some of the key Africa-related issues that can affect us in Canada and what can we do about them? This is the second of a series of three lectures flowing from the intergenerational collaboration between MCLL and the McGill MasterCard Foundation (MCF) Transitions Project. Speakers will address critical issues linking Africa and Canada and provide insights into research and entrepreneurship initiatives that can contribute to strengthened economic and social development. Specific topics and speakers will be announced well before each lecture.



YCLML 594 The Music Shakespeare Heard (In-person)

Time: Friday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sahra Cohen

Did you ever wonder what music Shakespeare heard as he went about his life? This lecture will explore the role of music in Elizabethan England in general, and Shakespeare's use of it in his plays. Curiosity and open ears are the only requirements.



YCLML 595 Life on the Lower East Side (Online)

Time: Friday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

This lecture will survey the Lower East Side of New York City, during the Progressive Era (1890s to the 1920s) which was home for many of the immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. We will discuss the bad living conditions and what was done to ameliorate them.



YCLML 596 Educational Visual Games (Online)

Time: Friday, October 21, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Romano DeSantis and Giovanna DeSantis

Visual games that are played on a computer have been around for quite some time. They can be played individually or interactively in a group, in physical or in virtual mode, online or offline. They are entertaining, educational, social and fun to play. A number of games of this kind, some variations of well-established games and some novel games will be presented. The presenter believes that visual games can play a significant role in enhancing moderator-participant interaction in a variety of MCLL study group and lectures.



YCLML 597 A History of Prussia (Online)

Time: Friday, October 21, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Harald von Cramon

A historical overview of the Prussian state that existed from 1417 to 1945 and some of its most notable personages.



YCLML 598 The Jewish Legacy in Hong Kong (Online)

Time: Friday, October 21, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Paul Kuai-Yu Leong

The impact of the Jewish community in Hong Kong is notable. On the positive side: its contribution to Hong Kong's entrepreneurial and philanthropic ethos. On the negative side: its participation in the opium trade. We will look at how the influential Baghdadi Jews, among others the legendary Kadoorie and Sassoon families contributed to the development of Hong Kong.



YCLML 599 Mindbugs: The Hidden Biases of Good People (Online)

Time: Friday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Jordan Axt

Conscious experience provides a compelling but incomplete account of mental life. Much of perception and action is shaped by mental activity that occurs outside of conscious awareness or conscious control. Because of that, judgment and behavior can be unintentionally influenced by factors that we do not recognize or appreciate. This talk reviews research on how these more automatic aspects of human psychology influence the way we see the world and view others. There will also be discussion of practical steps for managing our own implicit biases.



YCLML 600 Hearing Loss, What You Need to Know (In-person)

Time: Friday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dale Bonnycastle and Debra Fisher

Hearing loss affects at least 30% of persons over the age of 60. It is invisible and insidious, and its impacts are very serious. This talk will focus on practical/useful information that will help you understand hearing loss and what you can do to cope and communicate better. We will discuss services available, constructive communication tips and some assistive listening technology.



YCLML 601 What is Transhumanism? (Online)

Time: Friday, October 28, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nadia Alexan

Will transhumanism really liberate human beings from the drudgery of sickness, disease and finally death, through biotechnology, or is it just another diabolical, corporate power grab, that will further enslave humanity to the will of the oligarchs? in 1960, Marshall McLuhan observed that humans are toolmakers whose tools will eventually reshape them. Fifty years later, have we created a Frankenstein monster?



YCLML 602 "The Disruption" versus Giridharadas (Online)

Time: Friday, October 28, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Lewis Cattarini

This lecture will examine the rejection of the American economic status quo by Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, in comparison with the conservative critique, also known as "the Disruption," of the same establishment.



YCLML 603 Towards the Africa of Tomorrow – lecture 3 (Online)

Time: Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Nii Addy and Brian Webber

Africa will be the forum for growth in the next 25 years and also key to many climate-respecting initiatives. What are some of the key Africa-related issues that can affect us in Canada and what can we do about them? This is the third of a series of three lectures flowing from the intergenerational collaboration between MCLL and the McGill MasterCard Foundation (MCF) Transitions Project. Speakers will address critical issues linking Africa and Canada and provide insights into research and entrepreneurship initiatives that can contribute to strengthened economic and social development. Specific topics and speakers will be announced well before each lecture.



YCLML 604 Insomnia (Online)

Time: Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Leora Birnbaum

This lecture will be a review of insomnia with discussion of its prevalence, risk factors and management approaches. We will focus on the problem of insomnia in older individuals.



YCLML 605 Caravaggio: Master of Light, Prince of Darkness (Online)

Time: Friday, November 4, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Eduardo Cabrera

The paintings of Caravaggio are as striking now as they were 400 years ago. His biblical characters emerging from dark canvases reveal a powerful new vision of reality. Let's have a close look at his technique, his esthetic interpretation of Christianity and the passion flowing from every one of his brush strokes.



YCLML 606 The 2022 Scientific Nobel Prizes (Online)

Time: Friday, November 4, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: John Felvinci

Following a yearly tradition, I will review the scientific Nobel Prizes awarded in 2022. These will include the Physics, Chemistry and Medicine-Physiology prizes. The lecture will include detailed explanations of the importance of the areas of study for which the prizes were awarded.



YCLML 607 The Jewel in the Crown of the Peak District (Online)

Time: Friday, November 11, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ruth Allan Rigby

Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is a magnificent English country house set in over 1,000 acres of parkland, with over 100 acres of stunning formal gardens. This illustrated lecture will explore the history of Chatsworth House, its architecture, and works of art, and how it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions, and interests of succeeding generations. As well, the formal garden is a product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation.



YCLML 608 Federico García Lorca: His Life, Work and Death (Online)

Time: Friday, November 11, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Frank Nicholson and Ana Maria Klein

This talk will tell the story of Frederico Garcia Lorca who was Spain's most famous literary figure of the 20th century — his deep roots in Granada; his friendships with Dali, Buñuel and other avant-gardistes; his struggle with his sexual orientation; his visit to the United States in 1929; his populist touring theatre company; his murder by Nationalists at the start of the Civil War and, above all, his marvelous poems (e.g., Lament for a Bullfighter) and plays (e.g., Blood Wedding). The event will include readings from Lorca's works in Spanish and in English translation.



YCLML 609 To be determined (Online)

Time: Friday, November 11, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Lucy Gilbert MD, MSc, FRCOG

To be determined.

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