Ageless Pursuits: Summer Institute

Part-Time

Offered over four weeks each June, this popular lecture series provides an opportunity to challenge your mind, expand your understanding, refresh yourself with new ideas, join with friends old and new, and of course, have fun!

Participants meet on the UBC Point Grey campus for one to four individual weeks of stimulating lectures, lively discussion and shared enquiry. You select two morning courses from four options each week, and sign up for one week or more. The courses take place each morning, Monday to Friday. Ageless Pursuits courses can be applied to the UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies.

In the fall and winter terms we offer a number of other programs especially for seniors, including the new UBC Elder Scholar program on the UBC Point Grey campus.

Our 2014 Ageless Pursuits summer institutes are now open for registration.

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Details and Fees

For our 55+ participants, we continue our long tradition of providing these lectures at a special subsidized rate – $125 per week – thanks to the support of the Vancouver Foundation and the Mary Helen Wood and Margaret Steven Estates. For those under 55, the fee is $150 per week. Fee includes free daily beverages, special events, and end-of-week celebrations. Space is limited and classes often fill quickly, so register early to avoid disappointment.View the 2012 Ageless Pursuits campus map.

Daily pay parking is available at the Fraser Parkade, located at 1913 West Mall, adjacent to the Asian Centre and to the west of the Frederic Lasserre Building.  For more information about summer parking rates, please visit UBC Parking and Access Control Services or call 604.822.6786.

Curriculum
Week One: June 2-6, 2014

Choose an option from each of the time slots below to create a week long program.

9:30-10:30am (participants chose one)

Ancient Inventions That Changed the World
Kaveh Farrokh, PhD
Examine inventions that have profoundly affected the course of human civilization, including innovations in agriculture, transportation, urban life, economics, medicine, machinery, communications, leisure and sports, cuisine, personal effects, and military technology.

OR

Comparing East Asian and Western Cultures
Yul Kwon, PhD
Get an overview of East Asian cultures from China, Japan and Korea. Explore how they differ from each other as well as how they differ from Western cultures. See how these differences arise and examine what the future holds for these cultures in the context of globalization.

11am-12noon (choose one)

The Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness and How to Find It
Michael Griffin, PhD
Ancient Greek philosophy was defined by the search for happiness, or a fulfilling human life. Explore the answers and arguments offered by Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and other ancient schools to the question “how should we live?” Look at the influence that Greek philosophy has had on our modern ideas of success and happiness.

OR

The Emerging BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
Déborah Barros Leal FariaS, PhD candidate
The so-called BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are positioned to become an emerging world powerhouse. With almost a quarter of the world’s land area and 40 per cent of the world’s population, these countries account for 30 per cent of the world’s economic growth over the past 10 years. Find out how, over the next 50 years, the BRICs are likely to become an even larger force on the world’s stage.

Week Two: June 9-13, 2014

Choose an option from each of the time slots below to create a week long program.

9:30am-10:30am (choose one)

World Heritage Sites: From Lhasa to Marrakesh
Paula Swart, PhD
Explore a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet; the Borobudur temple located in Central Java, Indonesia; the city of Luang Prabang in Laos; and the Jamaa el Fna, a square and marketplace in Marrakesh, Morocco, that was one of the first sites to be designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Look at what it means to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Fifty Years of Change: From the Civil Rights Era to Obama’s Presidency
Eric Nellis, PhD
The election of Barack Obama as president in 2008 and 2012 capped a transformative period in American history. Fifty years of changing domestic conditions and international relations have merged with Obama’s presidency and the intense and often antagonistic politics that have ensued. This leads us to pose questions about the nature of change in America over the last fifty years and what the present and future options are for the US.

11am-12noon (choose one)

The Dutch Golden Age: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer
Ivana Horacek, PhD candidate
Explore the art of the three most renowned artists of the Dutch Golden Age: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, and learn more about the radical political, religious and cultural transformations that contributed to the development of new artistic genres, technologies and techniques in painting.

OR

The Philosophy and Biology of Consciousness: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
Rajdeep S. Gill, PhD
Investigate the question of consciousness or what we may simply term “experience of mind.” Explore creatively, philosophically and scientifically why and how relationships, values and commitments are deeply interwoven with the question of consciousness. Rethink divisions and conceptions of biology and culture, mind and life.

Week Three: June 16-20, 2014

Choose an option from each of the time slots below to create a week long program.

9:30am-10:30am (choose one)

More Hidden Treasures of Italy
Justin Newell
In these five illustrated lectures, explore some of the many hidden and magnificent treasures hidden in the Ducal Palace and Palazzo del Te (decorations by Mantegna and Giulio); the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (works by Titian and others); the Scrovegni Chapel (decorated by Giotto); the Collegio del Cambio (frescos by Perugino); and the Borgia Apartments at the Vatican (frescos by Pinturicchio). This is a wonderful way to armchair travel or to plan an extensive itinerary for your next visit to Italy.

OR

What Caused World War I?
John Conway, PhD
On the 100th anniversary of World War I, this series of lectures provides an overview of the historical forces that contributed to the outbreak of war. Look at the increasing international rivalries between Europe’s Great Powers, including the rising tide of Germany’s aggressive policies, and the Russian colossus and its hollow achievements. Explore France’s desire for revenge and security, and the British Empire’s policy of attempting to keep the balance of power while insisting on maintaining British naval supremacy.

11am-12noon (choose one)

British Classical Music Between the Wars
David Gordon Duke, PhD
Explore some of the landmark compositions of British composers from the 1920s and 1930s in the social and historic context of British cultural life. During the short intra-war period, competing ideas of national tradition and international modernism were explored by composers as diverse (and as remarkable) as Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Gustav Holst, and by younger figures including William Walton, Arthur Bliss, and Benjamin Britten.

OR

The Architecture of New York City
Christopher Pearson, PhD
Trace New York’s built environment from its origins to the present day, highlighting the elegance of the Georgian and Federal styles, the vitality and growing scale of nineteenth-century commercial structures, the landscaping of Central Park, the Classical opulence of such turn-of-the-century monuments as Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library, the brash energy of Rockefeller Center and the skyscrapers of the Jazz Age, and the triumphs of Modernism and Postmodernism.

Week Four: June 23-27, 2014

Choose an option from each of the time slots below to create a week long program.

9:30am-10:30am (choose one)

The Roman Familia
Charmaine Gorrie, PhD
Shelley Reid, PhD

Learn about the role of the family or familia in ancient Rome, and explore related issues such as gender, power, and slavery. The composition of the ancient Roman familia was much wider than our modern concept of a family, and its political, legal, and religious considerations were far-reaching within the Roman state.

OR

History of the Jazz Trumpet
Alan Matheson
Explore the history of the jazz trumpet, one of the most important instruments in jazz, capable of conveying every emotion from sadness to jubilation. Start with early pioneers such as King Oliver, and continue through to look at contemporary Canadian jazz greats such as Brad Turner and Bria Skonberg. The course includes audio and video recordings, and live performances by Vancouver trumpeter, Alan Matheson.

11am-12noon (choose one)

Shakespeare’s Glorious Women
Christine Parkin, MA, LLB
Shakespeare’s depictions of women include the angelic Desdemona; Katherine the “shrew;” the sisters from Hell, Goneril and Regan; the magnificent Cleopatra; and the determined Lady Macbeth. In this course, focus on the issues that faced women then and today – including power, love and sexuality – and how Shakespeare explores these issues with sympathy, irony, humour, tenderness, and a profound exploration of our human nature in all its horror and glory.

OR

The Art of Caravaggio: Violence and Passion in the Age of the Baroque
Efrat El-Hanany, PhD
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was probably the most revolutionary artist of his time. His realistic, expressive approach and dramatic use of lighting were a formative influence on the art of the Baroque era. Trace the development of his personal style, turbulent life, notoriety, and relations with influential patrons, and survey some of his most magnificent works as well as the work of some of his leading followers.

Instructors

Courses are taught by UBC faculty members, professors emeriti and other experts from a variety of disciplines. Instructors for this program vary from year to year.

Partners

The special subsidized rate for our 55+ participants is available through the support of the Vancouver Foundation and the Mary Helen Wood and Margaret Steven estates. 

 

 

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