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A Spirited Study of Shakespeare

A Spirited Study of Shakespeare

Upon that night, when fairies light On Cassilis Downans dance, Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze, On sprightly coursers prance; Or for Colean the route is ta’en, Beneath the moon’s pale beams; There, up the cove, to stray and rove, Among the rocks and streams To sport that night. […]

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Beauty and Slow Time: Interview with Leader Sean Forester

Beauty and Slow Time: Interview with Leader Sean Forester

We are happy to welcome longtime Classical Pursuits leader Sean Forester to our online programs. Following his Armchair Art Tours museum series in March, Sean will be offering a small-group seminar on Solitude and Beauty. The seminar combines presentations with discussion of art, photography, poetry and nature writing. Melanie Blake: […]

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In Uncharted Lands: Talking Jazz Age Creativity with Denise Ahlquist

In Uncharted Lands: Talking Jazz Age Creativity with Denise Ahlquist

You are in for a multi-sensory treat with our new online seminar Self on the Line: The Multimedia Psyche of the Jazz Age. Classical Pursuits executive director Melanie Blake recently talked with creator and leader Denise Ahlquist about what you can expect in this seminar, a Classical Pursuits exclusive. Melanie […]

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Key Artists of Renaissance Florence

Key Artists of Renaissance Florence

Join us Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern/noon Central/11 a.m. Pacific for a FREE virtual tour of the Gallerie degli Uffizi and other major sites of Renaissance Florence. REGISTER HERE. To help you better ennjoy the webinar, we are including brief bios of the artists discussed. Giotto di Bondone […]

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Being Open to the Demands of King Lear

Being Open to the Demands of King Lear

by Rosemary Gould, leading And Take Upon Us the Mystery of Things: The Poetry of King Lear at Toronto Pursuits 2020 When I was in graduate school, I had the great privilege of teaching as an assistant to the extraordinary Shakespeare scholar, Arthur Kirsch. When I listened to his lecture […]

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Nietzsche, Freud and Derrida: The Radicals’ Appetite for Acceptance

Portrait of Derrida in Rhône-Alps, France

by John Riley, leading Putting the Post in Post-Modernism at Toronto Pursuits 2020 Friedrich Nietzsche was a very, very sick man for the last twenty years of his life. His body racked by the long-term effects of dysentery and diphtheria along with brain illness consistent with syphilis, he produced no […]

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Darwin and the Work of Science

Darwin and the Work of Science

by Mark Cwik, leader of our 2020 Toronto Pursuits seminar The Great (R)evolution: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species Upon first reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, the great 19th-century biologist Thomas Henry Huxley—later to be known as “Darwin’s Bulldog”—is reported to have told friends, “How extremely stupid […]

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The Impressionists’ “Bold Manner of Seeing Things”

The Impressionists’ “Bold Manner of Seeing Things”

By Wendy O’Brien, who is leading Impressionism: From Seeing to Feeling at Toronto Pursuits 2020 Bonne année, mes amis! I’m writing you from Paris where I’ve come to celebrate the holidays and explore the city as I think about the impressionists — their project and their influence. I’m getting ready […]

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Nine Symphonies That Changed the World

Nine Symphonies That Changed the World

by Rick Phillips, leader of our 2020 Toronto Pursuits seminar on Beethoven The major anniversaries of the births and deaths of great composers are always lauded and celebrated. They give us a chance to honour and re-evaluate the roles these figures play in our modern world. Remember 1985 and the […]

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Reading Some of the World’s Most Familiar Stories with Fresh Eyes

Jesus Cursing the Fig Tree

By Mandy Burton, who will be leading In Remembrance of Me: Jesus Before Christianity at Toronto Pursuits 2020 When I started teaching at a major public university after a lifetime of studying and working at smaller schools, I found that I had to adjust my expectations about the rhythms of […]

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