Ageless Pursuits

Summer Institute

June 1-26, 2015

Offered over four weeks each June, this popular 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.

Registration for Ageless Pursuits 2015 is now open!

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Details and Fees

For our 55+ participants, we continue our long tradition of providing these lectures at a special discounted rate of $135 per week. For those under 55, the fee is $155 per week. Fee includes free daily beverages and end-of-week celebrations. Space is limited and classes often fill quickly, so we suggest you register early to avoid disappointment.

Classes are held in the Frederic Lasserre Building and the UBC School of Music. The Frederic Lasserre Building is located near the intersection of Main Mall and Memorial Road, just north of the Koerner Library. The UBC School of Music is basically “right across the street” from the Lasserre Builing, also on Memorial Road. As the lecture halls can be chilly, we suggest that you bring a sweater or light jacket.

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 Services or call them at 604.822.6786.

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View Courses and Register

Choose two morning courses from four options each week, and sign up for one week or more. Courses take place each morning, Monday to Friday, leaving your afternoons free to enjoy some of the many other facilities and attractions available on the UBC campus.

Click on the links below to view the full course descriptions and to register online for the options you prefer. You may also register by phone at 604.822.1444, or download the registration form (PDF) to register by mail or fax.

Week One: June 1-5

Option A Oedipus and the “Oedipus Complex” + Unheard Voices of British Columbia’s Past (UT370)

Option B  Oedipus and the “Oedipus Complex” + All Our Stuff: Understanding Consumption (UT371)

Option C  Forgotten Ancestors of Europa: From the Caucasian Mountains to Ancient Britannia + Unheard Voices of British Columbia’s Past (UT372)

Option D  Forgotten Ancestors of Europa: From the Caucasian Mountains to Ancient Britannia + All Our Stuff: Understanding Consumption (UT373)

Week Two: June 8-12

Option A  Echoes of Harlem: A Golden Age of Jazz (1922-1957) + Museums and First Peoples: Exploring the Dynamics of Art and Power (UT374)

Option B  Echoes of Harlem: A Golden Age of Jazz (1922-1957) + Five Revolutions: American, French, Mexican, Russian and Chinese (UT375)

Option C  Myanmar: The New Crossroads of Asia + Museums and First Peoples: Exploring the Dynamics of Art and Power (UT376)

Option D  Myanmar: The New Crossroads of Asia + Five Revolutions: American, French, Mexican, Russian and Chinese (UT377)

Week Three: June 15-19

Option A  The French Impressionists + Great Masters of Renaissance Florence (UT378)

Option B  The French Impressionists + Music of Fin de Siècle, 1879-1914 (UT379)

Option C  Philosophy and Religion in Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine + Great Masters in Renaissance Florence (UT380)

Option D  Philosophy and Religion in Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine + Music of Fin de Siècle, 1879-1914 (UT381)

Week Four: June 22-26

Option A  The Global Refugee Crisis Today: A Record of Suffering and Survival + Architecture of San Francisco (UT382)

Option B  The Global Refugee Crisis Today: A Record of Suffering and Survival + Ancient Greek Myths and Literature (UT383)

Option C  Understanding Russian Icons + Architecture of San Francisco (UT384)

Option D  Understanding Russian Icons + Ancient Greek Myths and Literature (UT385)