Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series
This fall, Curious Minds returns with three dynamic six-week courses that turn our historic cinema into an exciting cultural salon. Each course features fascinating speakers and notable experts.
The upcoming courses focus on:
- The history and influence of Parisian culture with Governor General’s Award-nominated writer, journalist and television host Lisa Pasold
- A survey of Italian cuisine through cinema and literature with Hot Docs favourite Dr. Franco Gallippi
- The evolution of Toronto from a modern city to a culturally diverse metropolis with former mayor David Crombie
Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Note: Once you register you will not receive a paper/digital ticket. There will be sign-in sheets at each class.
LEARNING FROM PARIS: WHAT 100 YEARS OF PARISIAN ART, FOOD AND REVOLUTION HAVE GIVEN US
Mondays, September 18–October 30, 10:00 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class October 9.
Governor General’s Award–nominated writer, journalist and host and co-writer of Discovery World’s travel show, Paris Next Stop, Lisa Pasold guides us through Paris’s incredible history.
From the muddy beginnings of Paris to today’s sparkling cosmopolitan centre, the City of Light has helped define Western ideas about city life. We’ll discuss historical turning points—including how Parisians invented the restaurant—and talk about literary Paris with celebrities like George Sand, Gertrude Stein and Hemingway. From revolutions that have torn up the city’s streets, to how the city was destroyed and rebuilt for modern living, this an unmissable and unmistakably impactful chronicle.
EATING ITALY: A DELICIOUS JOURNEY THROUGH ITALIAN CUISINE
Fridays, September 22–November 3, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on October 13
It is said that most people eat to live, while in Italy people live to eat. In this course, Hot Docs favourite Dr. Franco Gallippi returns to explore the history and cultural significance of some of the most famous dishes from his native land.
From a simple plate of “pasta e ceci” (pasta with chickpeas) to an elaborate “timballo di maccheroni” (Macaroni Timbale), Franco will use famous scenes in Italian cinema and literature to examine the ingredients and regional differences that have shaped these mouthwatering delicacies, and the identity and history of a people that never stops talking about food.
CITY LIFE: TORONTO FROM 1945 TO 2020
Thursdays, October 19–November 30, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on November 9
In this exciting survey of Toronto’s modern history, the city’s former mayor, David Crombie, investigates the powerful ideas, institutions and events that have transformed “Toronto the Good” into one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally diverse metropolises.
Still passionately engaged in Toronto’s civic affairs, Mr. Crombie will draw on years of public service to explore the city’s history, assess its current challenges and opportunities, and look ahead at the issues that will define Toronto in the 21st century. Crombie is also a former Member of Parliament, federal cabinet minister, president of the Canadian Urban Institute and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.