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Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning Spring 2014 Course Brochure | Offered through the Office of Continuing Studies How Do I Enroll in a Course? Registrations for LALL courses will be accepted by mail or drop box submission only. The registration form must be filled out completely with cash or cheque payment included. Post-dated cheques cannot be accepted. It is not advisable to send cash via Canada Post; if you are paying by cash, please submit your registration via the drop box (noted in the diagram on the reverse). Be sure to include an alternate course choice, in case your first choice becomes full. Waiting lists are not maintained for LALL courses. Your payment and paperwork will be returned to you if an alternate course is not listed and your selected course is full. If you are registering for more than one course, please include individual payment for each course (e.g., two cheques for registration in two courses). If you wish to be enrolled in the same course with another LALL participant, please enclose both registrations and payments in one envelope. Registrations may be dropped off in the large purple Distance Education assignment box located at the outside rear of the 202 Regina Street building. This box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is emptied daily by Continuing Studies staff. We are unable to accept registrations inperson at the Office of Continuing Studies. All registrations received up to end of day on March 16 will be processed on March 17. On that day, all registrations will be processed lottery-style and confirmation letters will be mailed out beginning March 18, 2014.

Registrations will continue to be accepted until the beginning of class or until a course becomes full.

- Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and return with payment to address on reverse Name:

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How did you hear about the LALL program? Please enroll me in the following course(s): * * * Alternate course(s) if the above are full (please note that you will be enrolled in your alternate course if the above is full): * Course(s) at $70 each (includes HST): _______ Optional Library Card at $10: _______ TOTAL PAYMENT: _______

Please make cheques payable to WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY

Time of Change: Paintings of the Late 19th Century with Normand Dutrisac Fridays, April 4 — May 16, 9:30 — 11:20 a.m. (no class April 18), Waterloo campus


The Impressionists, despite the “unconventional” approach to painting, appeared to contemporaries as a “group” because of their unified rejection of the established Academie des Beaux Arts. Conservative art critics rejected the work of the Impressionists for its unfinished look, while more progressive art critics praised its depiction of modern life. Well-known members of this group, such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, took their new approach even further by painting en plein air (in the open air) focusing on the overall effect of natural light. In doing so, this group revolutionized the world of art and set the stage for art of the 20th century. This course will examine works by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Mary Cassatt and others. Normand Dutrisac received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor in Education from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Master’s degree in sculpture from the University of Alberta. He participated in several artist workshops and exhibitions in the 1980s and 90s. He has recently retired from teaching at the secondary school level.

Margaret Atwood’s Ustopia: The MaddAddam Trilogy with Roman Dubinski Fridays, April 4 — May 16, 12:30 — 2:20 p.m. (no class April 18), Waterloo campus


In her book on science fiction, In Other Worlds, Atwood has coined the term “ustopia” by combining utopia and dystopia — the imagined perfect society and its opposite — because each contains a latent version of the other. Within each utopia, explains Atwood, there is a concealed dystopia; within in each dystopia, a hidden utopia. These comments can serve as a fitting context for reading Atwood’s trilogy: Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009) and MaddAddam (2013). Atwood has used the ustopian form to raise our consciousness about the imminent dangers we face as a species. This course will explore the roots of Atwood’s ustopian vision and examine how she has transformed them into the compelling novels that serve as cautionary tales for readers. Roman Dubinski enjoyed a long career as a professor in the English department at the University of Waterloo and took early retirement in 1996. One of the more pleasurable activities of his retirement years has been the presentation of a variety of courses for LALL. These include a course on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake and another on Brave New World and 1984. His most recent LALL course was on the theme of aging in contemporary fiction.

MAIL-IN / DROP-OFF INFORMATION You may mail your registration and payment to: Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Continuing Studies 75 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5 Or, you may drop it in the purple Distance Education Assignment Drop Box at the BACK of 202 Regina Street North (at Lodge Street). This box is outside of the building next to the wheelchair parking and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week. It is emptied daily by Continuing Studies staff. The refund policy can be found at

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The Birth of Waterloo County and Its Five Townships with Warren Stauch Mondays, April 7— May 12, 9:30 — 11:20 a.m., Waterloo campus Waterloo County has a rich cultural and political history, dating back to the late 1700s. Officially created in 1853, Waterloo County consisted of five townships: Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot, Waterloo and North Dumfries. Each of the townships and their surrounding communities has an interesting settlement history which will be discussed in the course through pictures, maps and historical documents. Warren Stauch has been retired since June 1999 after a 30-year career in education. He has organized and led many local field trips and has developed a series of slide presentations related to the geography and history of the region. For over 30 years, Warren has acted as a step-on guide for the local tourism department, taking visitors on tours during the summer and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. As a result of this, he has formed a travel-education company providing information to visitors and residents of the Waterloo region.

A Course That Really Schmecks: The Culinary Writing of Edna Staebler with Rose Murray Mondays, April 7 — May 12, 12:30 — 2:20 p.m., Waterloo campus What led an award-winning magazine journalist to write immensely popular cookbooks? This course will follow the journey of local icon (and descendant of Waterloo County pioneers) Edna Staebler. We will look at some early Canadian cookbooks and discover how Staebler’s Food the Really Schmecks became a very important national work, as one of the first cookbooks to extol the virtues of local food and real food. Some of her other works will also be examined (magazine articles, a travel book, a history of the area and its Mennonites, her diary) to see how her style extends to the cookbooks. We will particularly examine the magazine article that led her directly up the lane and into Bevvy Martin’s farmhouse kitchen. Rose Murray is an internationally known food writer, cookbook author, broadcaster and teacher. She has been published widely in magazines and newspapers such as Canadian Living and The Globe and Mail. Rose has appeared on radio and television stations across the country including the CBC and CTV and acted as resident cook of the CTV Kitchener’s noon news. A contributor to over 40 books, Rose is an author of 12 cookbooks, two of which (Hungry for Comfort and Canada’s Favourite Recipes) have won gold at the National Culinary Awards.

Families in Film IV: Family Narratives Across Generations with Deena Mandell UPDATE: Tuesdays, April 8 — May 6, 9:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. (no class April 15), (4 classes, 3 hours each), Balsillie School of International Affairs This new installment of the Families in Film series features multi-generational family stories. The films are from around the world, presenting glimpses into a range of cultural, historical and political contexts. We will focus on unfolding family stories, values and dynamics in relation to the backdrop of changing times and/or places. We will consider questions such as: What becomes of family legacies in subsequent generations? How do family narratives shape individuals? Participation in a previous Families in Film course is not a prerequisite for this course. Deena Mandell has been a full-time faculty member at Laurier since 1998, teaching in the Faculty of Social Work and in previous LALL offerings. She also loves movies. In recent years, she has been instrumental in establishing programs at the Faculty of Social Work to support full inclusion of graduate students educated in non-North American cultures and in languages other than English. She has been twice nominated for university teaching awards.

Masterpieces in Chamber Music with Jan Narveson Tuesdays, April 8 — May 13, 2 — 3:50 p.m., Waterloo campus Much of the very greatest music of all time is chamber music. This course will delve into this musical treasure-trove, exploring a variety of selections. Students will focus on the historical background of the music while analyzing what makes a piece a masterwork. The course will aim to contrast the great works with pieces by lesser known composers. Jan Narveson is the president (and all-purpose person) of the KW Chamber Music Society, which is nearing its 2000th concert in the 40 years it has been presenting concerts. Jan retired from the University of Waterloo in 2004 and has delivered a variety of courses for LALL.


German Filmmakers in Hollywood with James Skidmore Wednesdays, April 9 — 30, 12:30 p.m. — 3:20 p.m., (4 classes, 3 hours each), Balsillie School of International Affairs Few people realize how much influence German filmmakers have had in Hollywood. With the rise to power of the Nazis in 1930s, many intellectuals and artists fled the country. For directors, actors and others involved in cinema, the natural destination was Hollywood. This course will look at this phenomenon by examining the work of two filmmakers, Fritz Lang and Detlef Sierck/Douglas Sirk. We will watch two films by each director, one shot in Germany, the other in Hollywood and discuss how these two men influenced American cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. All films will be in English or German with English subtitles. James Skidmore holds a BA in French and German as well as a MA and PhD in German (Princeton). He is the former chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo and is currently an associate professor of German.

A Journey Around Brazil: Exploring Regional Differences with Adriana Casali Thursdays, April 10 — May 15, 9:30—11:20 a.m., Waterloo campus Brazil is currently attracting worldwide attention as the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held this June. This major international sporting event will take place in 12 cities spread out around the country. Soccer fans will notice how eclectic Brazil is, as its vast territory encompasses very diverse landscapes and cultures. In this course, we will explore the five major regions of Brazil, each with its own distinct ecosystem, patterns of economic activity and traditions. One by one, we will discover these regions, their principal ecological characteristics as well as their main socioeconomic, cultural and demographic features. Adriana Casali holds degrees in production engineering, business administration and communication. As a university professor in Brazil, she taught public relations and business administration for 15 years. Her main research interests include culture, society, globalization, internationalization and organizational communication. She has published several book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals.

Crucial Turning Points in Music History with Gordon Greene Thursdays, April 10 — May 15, 12:30 — 2:20 p.m., Waterloo campus The journey from Gregorian chant to Beethoven and Stravinsky has many fascinating twists and turns. There are some remarkable composers and performers involved in the process. The major stylist periods will be address with a slight emphasis on the development of opera. Gordon Greene is a cultural historian and former dean of music at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has taught music history and directed various choral groups for many years, and has been offering a variety of courses for lifelong learning groups since his retirement.

The World of Birds with David Lamble Thursdays, April 10 — May 15, 2—3:50 p.m., Waterloo campus This course is designed to look at the world of birds. This is not a bird watching course but rather a course designed to begin to understand bird behaviours and how birds interact and affect our lives and the lives of other organisms on Earth. We will look at the physical structure of birds and how their behaviours maximize their chances of survival. We will also look at how birds fit into their environment and how they exploit that environment successfully. David Lamble was a high school chemistry teacher for 35 years prior to his retirement. Beginning in 1978, David began a banding study of tree swallows. His interest in birds expanded to include all species found in southern Ontario. By 1986, he was a master bander — one of only 100 in Canada. His major studies have now expanded to include bobolinks, snow buntings, ducks as well as his favourite bird — the tree swallow. Since 1978, he has banded approximately 175,000 birds of 185 species.


Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning (LALL) Spring 2014 Brochure  

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