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Genius and Cultural Kitchens: Savouring the Flavours of Renaissance Florence

Genius and Cultural Kitchens: Savouring the Flavours of Renaissance Florence

[Editor’s note: We are very happy to welcome Stuart Patterson back to Toronto Pursuits. His seminar promises to be a literary and visual feast of the richness of Florence from the 14th through the 16th centuries. In true Renaissance spirit, it brings together works by four thinkers whose interests and […]

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Strange Eyes for Strange Landscapes

Strange Eyes for Strange Landscapes

[Editor’s note: We are thrilled to welcome Mandy Burton as a Toronto Pursuits leader. Her imaginative, multi-genre seminar will take us into realms both ancient and futuristic, where a cast of non-human characters helps us consider with piercing clarity those questions we as humans yearn so deeply to answer: Who […]

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Rosemary Gould on Poetry as Painting of the Mind

Rosemary Gould on Poetry as Painting of the Mind

[As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we bring you an interview with Toronto Pursuits leader Rosemary Gould. In her seminar Imaginary Gardens: The Nature Poetry of Hopkins, Moore & Frost Rosemary and participants will consider three poets who wrote about nature as a projection of their own […]

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Room for Greatness: A Week of Women and the Arts

Room for Greatness: A Week of Women and the Arts

[Editor’s note: Veteran Toronto Pursuits leader and arts writer Betty Ann Jordan is eager to take on the issue of women’s under-representation in the arts with participants, and keen to highlight the possibilities for change. We hope you will join her for this eye-opening week of women and the arts.] […]

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What Price Certainty? Four Great Playwrights on Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt: The Incredulity of St Thomas by Caravaggio

[Editor’s note: Only a few places remain in longtime Toronto Pursuits leader Gary Schoepfel’s seminar Benefit of the Doubt. If you’ve never taken part in a discussion led by Gary, you are in for a rare treat. His questions open up new ways for participants to examine their beliefs about […]

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Great Books Chicago 2017: Her Own Accord

Great Books Chicago 2017: Her Own Accord

Gary Schoepfel, a longtime discussion leader at Classical Pursuits and program director at the Great Books Foundation, invites you to the foundation’s annual event, Great Books Chicago. This year’s theme Her Own Accord: Who we are and who we desire to be explores works by and about American women writers. We at […]

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See Naples with New Eyes

See Naples with New Eyes

[Editor’s note: Our first Naples departure is full! To reserve a place on our second departure, please call our travel partner Worldwide Quest at 1-800-387-1483. We hope you will join leader Nella Cotrupi on this unique literary adventure.] Buon giorno, I recently learned that Francesca Siniscalchi, who has established a […]

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Edith Wharton’s Republic of the Spirit

Edith Wharton’s Republic of the Spirit

[Editor’s note: We are so happy to have Great Books Foundation senior editor Nancy Carr at Toronto Pursuits. Her seminar Innocence, Experience and Wisdom: Edith Wharton will immerse participants deep in a world both strange and familiar, where characters look to find meaning in a complex and quickly changing world. […]

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Love in Stereo: Reading The Alexandria Quartet

Love in Stereo: Reading  The Alexandria Quartet

By Becca Fisher [Editor’s note: Becca will be leading Eye of the Beholder, a Toronto Pursuits seminar on Lawrence Durrell’s much-loved tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet. She is Director of Continuing Education at our partner Harrison Middleton University and a longtime member and discussion leader in the Great Books community. We […]

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Come Walk with Us

Come Walk with Us

By Gary Schoepfel [Editor’s note: Only a few spaces remain on our June 2017 trip The Road Less Travelled: Caminho Português. Renew your mind, body, and spirit on our journey that combines walking a centuries-old pilgrimage route with the pleasures of being in nature and sharing conversation among friends old […]

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