Ageless Pursuits

Summer Institute

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.

The next Ageless Pursuits Summer Institute will be offered from June 1-26, 2015; registration opens April 1. Please subscribe to our email list to be notified of updates.

For participants aged 55+ we offer a special rate of $135/week; the rate for participants under age 55 is $155/week. Fee includes free refreshments, special events and door prizes.

Below is a preview of this year's topics:

Week One
  • Oedipus and the “Oedipus Complex” (Susanna Braund, PhD)
  • Forgotten Ancestors of Europa: From the Caucasian Mountainsto Ancient Britannia (Kaveh Farrokh, PhD)
  • Unheard Voices from British Columbia’s Past (Jean Barman, EdD)
  • All Our Stuff: Understanding Consumption (Carrie Yodanis, PhD)
Week Two
  • Echoes of Harlem-A Golden Age of Jazz (1922-1957) (Alan Matheson)
  • Myanmar: The New Crossroads of Asia (Paula Swart, PhD)
  • Museums and First Peoples: Exploring the Dynamics of Artand Power (Megan A. Smetzer, PhD)
  • Five Revolutions: American, French, Mexican, Russian andChinese (Eric Nellis, PhD)
Week Three
  • The French Impressionists (Justin Newell)
  • Philosophy and Religion in Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine (Shelley Reid, PhD)
  • Great Masters of Renaissance Florence (Efrat El-Hanany, PhD)
  • Music in Fin de Siècle Paris, 1879-1914 (David Gordon Duke, PhD)
Week Four
  • The Global Refugee Crisis Today: A Record of Suffering andSurvival (John Conway, PhD)
  • Understanding Russian Icons (Marina Sonkina, PhD)
  • Architecture of San Francisco (Christopher Pearson, PhD)
  • Ancient Greek Myths and Literature (Michael Griffin, PhD)