Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series
This spring, 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:
- Canadian pop culture in the ’60s and ’70s with Curious Minds favourite Geoff Pevere
- Legendary songwriter and newly minted Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan with musician and music professor Mike Daley
- The history of design with University of Toronto professor Peter Harris
Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
Note: Once you register you will not receive a paper/digital ticket. There will be sign-in sheets at each class.
POP CANADA: A POP CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
Tuesdays, May 16–June 20, 10:00 a.m. to noon
From Mary Pickford to Tatiana Maslany, Joni Mitchell to Celine Dion, Doug Mackenzie to David Cronenberg, Leonard Cohen to The Tragically Hip: In its first 150 years, Canada has generated a unique, revealing and often just plain strange history of pop cultural distractions. This course is led by Curious Minds favourite Geoff Pevere, co-author of the national bestseller on Canada’s pop cultural products Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Cultural Odyssey. Currently at work on a 21st century follow-up volume, Pevere is an expert on Canadian pop culture and its reflection of a country in a state of constant re-definition both to itself and the world.
BOB DYLAN: WORDS AND MUSIC
Fridays, May 19–June 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Over six lectures, musicologist, musician and lifelong Dylan fan Dr. Mike Daley (whose research on Bob Dylan’s singing style won the 1998 York University Thesis Prize) will break down Bob Dylan’s career through the decades using rare video and recordings. Known as a great lyricist, Dylan will be shown to also be a brilliant if idiosyncratic performer. We’ll survey the ways that Dylan’s work has been interpreted over the years and suggest some new approaches to his art. The course will also situate Dylan firmly within his times, from his role in the generational schisms of the 1960s right up to his recent Nobel Prize for Literature.
BY DESIGN: DESIGN MOVEMENTS IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
Thursdays, May 25–July 6, 10:00 a.m. to noon (Please note there is no class on June 15)
Peter Harris, the former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto, leads an exploration of the wonders of Modern Architecture and Design in this globe-trotting journey through the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning in the late 1800s, he reveals how brilliant artists, architects and designers responded to the technological innovations of the Machine Age, forging bold new aesthetics and influential cultural movements. A former senior lecturer in the University’s German Department, Dr. Harris has also served as a Special Lecturer in the new Vic One Program at Victoria College.