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Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series

All year, expand your knowledge and engage in lively conversations at these dynamic six-week courses featuring notable speakers and experts.

6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Single Class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

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Hollywood Suite


Spring Courses


Tuesdays, May 15 - June 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cm Starstruck Series

Starstruck: Fame and Celebrity in the Modern Age

  • 120
  • STC

Led by Geoff Pevere

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Remove the forces of fame and celebrity from today’s culture and the world is unrecognizable. With the introduction of mass media—photography, radio, film and newspapers—stardom went from an incidental element in marketing, to the engine driving everything from politics and sexuality to fashion, art and even our dreams. Beginning with the dawn of the movies, Starstruck will offer a panoramic journey through the global dominion of celebrity over the past century—from the rise of the Hollywood star system, to the intermingling of celebrity and politics, and the role the internet plays in hard-wiring the idea of celebrity into our brains. From Bogart and Bergman, Mick and Marilyn, to Oprah and Obama, this series will show you fame like you’ve never seen or thought about it before.

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REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
Tuesday, June 5, 1:00 PM

The Hollywood classic that immortalized James Dean as angsty teen in an existential crisis, Rebel Without a Cause redefined stardom forever.

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INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS
Tuesday, June 19, 1:00 PM
Saturday, June 23, 1:30 PM

Stunning home videos, personal letters and family interviews from the life of Ingrid Bergman.

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Fridays, May 18 - June 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hermitage Featured Series

Splendour and Opulence: Catherine the Great and the Hermitage Museum

  • 120
  • STC

Led by Julia Zarankin

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An imperial residence, a museum, a monument to splendour and opulence—Russia’s Hermitage is more than just a building. In this lively survey of its 250-year history, we'll travel back in time and discuss how this international landmark has reflected St. Petersburg’s development from a swampy backwater into a dazzling imperial capital. Beginning with Peter the Great’s decision to establish a new imperial capital in St. Petersburg, the course will examine how Catherine the Great, a self-proclaimed art and architecture addict, continued Peter’s project of Europeanization and ultimately transformed St. Petersburg into one of the world’s cultural centers. We’ll explore how every subsequent tsar fashioned the Hermitage to suit his political agenda, and how the museum continues to bear witness to Russia’s fascinating and tumultuous history.

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HERMITAGE REVEALED
Friday, June 1, 1:00 PM
Sunday, June 3, 2:15 PM

A thrilling visual journey through the Hermitage’s tumultuous history, with unprecedented access to its special collections, from works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Matisse, and the private gemstone collection of Catherine the Great.

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RUSSIAN ARK
Friday, June 15, 1:00 PM

Cited as one of the best films of the 2000s, Russian Ark is a singular cinematic experience that takes you through the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and Russian and European history along the way—all in a single dazzlingly orchestrated take.

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Thursdays, May 24 - June 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Trudeaumania Series

Trudeaumania: Pierre Trudeau and his Century

  • 120
  • STC

Led by John English

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Fifty years ago this spring, Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada and Trudeaumania swept the nation. Representing a sharp break with Canada’s political past, Trudeau reflected the unconventionality of the Sixties and the convergence of celebrity and politics. Trudeau’s record, however, reveals the political substance beneath his public persona. Over his remarkable fifteen and a half years in office, he led Canada through its greatest constitutional crisis, weathered a period of exceptional social and economic change and advocated strongly for government solutions to pressing national concerns. Led by John English, an award-winning historian and former federal MP, this course will course will take you on an unforgettable journey through the life and times of a Canadian icon. 

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IN THE NAME OF ALL CANADIANS
Thursday, June 14, 1:00 PM

Instituted by Pierre Elliiot Trudeau in 1982, Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives in this Hot Docs commissioned shorts compilation.

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