Ageless Pursuits

Summer Institute

May 30-June 24, 2016

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 2016 is now open!

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Details and Fees

The fee is $150/week and includes free refreshments, special events and door prizes. Space is limited and popular classes often fill quickly, so we suggest you register early to avoid disappointment.

Classes are held in the West Mall Swing Space Building located at 2175 West Mall, about a half block from the intersection of University Blvd and West Mall (view map). As the classrooms can be chilly, we suggest that you bring a sweater or light jacket.

Daily pay parking is available in the West Parkade, located at 2140 Lower Mall, adjacent to the West Mall Swing Space Building. At the north end of the parkade on level three, there is a walkway from the parkade to the side door of the Swing Space Building. Handicapped parking for those with the appropriate SPARC pass, is also located on the third level of the parkade for easy access to the Swing Space. Information about summer parking rates for Ageless Pursuits will accompany your course confirmation letter. Further information is also available by calling the UBC Parking and Access Control Services at 604.822.6786.

For public transit information and schedules, call Translink at 604-953-3333 or view translink.bc.ca. The UBC Bus Loop is a ten-fifteen walk to the West Mall Swing Space Building. Translink also runs two regular community shuttle buses (the C18 and the C20) on the UBC campus, both of which will take you close to the Swing Space Building.

View Weekly Course Options

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.

Week One: May 30-June 3

Option A: UT390S16A  Climate Change in Five Easy Pieces (Hadi Dowlatabadi, PhD) + The Architecture of Chicago (Christopher Pearson, PhD)

Option B: UT391S16A  Climate Change in Five Easy Pieces (Hadi Dowlatabadi, PhD) + Under Stress: The Project of European Integration (Kurt Huebner, PhD)

Option C: UT392S16A  Ancient Egypt: The Gift of the Nile (Christine Johnston, PhD) + The Architecture of Chicago (Christopher Pearson, PhD)

Option D: UT393S16A  Ancient Egypt: The Gift of the Nile (Christine Johnston, PhD) + Under Stress: The Project of European Integration (Kurt Huebner, PhD)

Week Two: June 6-10

Option A: UT394S16A  The Treasures of the Past, the Pulse of the Present: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Pskov (Marina Sonkina, PhD) + The Black Sea – An Alternative Perspective on Modern European History (Florian Gassner, PhD)

Option B: UT395S16A  The Treasures of the Past, the Pulse of the Present: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Pskov (Marina Sonkina, PhD) + Ideas of God (Michael Griffin, PhD)

Option C: UT396S16A  Urban Wildlife: Birds, Mammals and Trees (Alice Cassidy, PhD) + The Black Sea – An Alternative Perspective on Modern European History (Florian Gassner, PhD)

Option D: UT397S16A  Urban Wildlife: Birds, Mammals and Trees (Alice Cassidy, PhD) + Ideas of God (Michael Griffin, PhD)

Week Three: June 13-17

Option A: UT398S16A  In the Shadow of the Dragon: The History and Culture of Vietnam (Paula Swart, PhD) + Women Artists of Belle Epoch Paris (Efrat El-Hanany, PhD)

Option B: UT399S16A  In the Shadow of the Dragon: The History and Culture of Vietnam (Paula Swart, PhD) + The Philosophy of Technology (Madeleine Ransom, PhD candidate)

Option C: UT400S16A  A Brief History of Musical Instruments: A Marriage of Art and Technology (David Skulski) + Women Artists of Belle Epoch Paris (Efrat El-Hanany, PhD)

Option D: UT401S16A  A Brief History of Musical Instruments: A Marriage of Art and Technology (David Skulski) + The Philosophy of Technology (Madeleine Ransom, PhD candidate)

Week Four: June 20-24

Option A: UT402S16A  Considering Bach (David Gordon Duke, PhD) + Musings on Historic Vancouver (Michael Kluckner)

Option B: UT403S16A  Considering Bach (David Gordon Duke, PhD) + Three Wars and the Shaping of Twentieth Century History: WW1, WW2 and the Vietnam War (Eric Nellis, PhD)

Option C: UT404S16A  No Laughing Matter: The History of Satirical Cartoons (Donald Brackett) + Musings on Historic Vancouver (Michael Kluckner)

Option D: UT405S16A  No Laughing Matter: The History of Satirical Cartoons (Donald Brackett) + Three Wars and the Shaping of Twentieth Century History: WW1, WW2 and the Vietnam War (Eric Nellis, PhD)