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The Beauty of What We Don’t Know

The Beauty of What We Don’t Know

[Editor’s note: We are thrilled to have Rosemary Gould return to Toronto Pursuits. Whether you are a longtime reader of these poets or want to read and discuss more poetry but are not sure how to jump in, this seminar is for you. Rosemary wants to approach the poems in […]

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Even As Also I Am Known

Even As Also I Am Known

[Editor’s note: Who am I and what can I know? Join artist Sean Forester at Toronto Pursuits this summer to explore this most fundamental of questions through the lens of Shakespeare, Montaigne, and a wonderful range of men and women artists.]   “Look in thy glass, and tell the face […]

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Fear and Knowing in San Francisco: Our Complex Relationship with Knowledge

Fear and Knowing in San Francisco: Our Complex Relationship with Knowledge

By John Riley [Editor’s note: John Riley’s Toronto Pursuits 2017 seminar brings together works ranging from Plato’s Meno to a classic film by Francis Ford Coppola. Tying all these works together is knowledge and what it means to us. We strive for it, we fear it, we need it. But […]

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Knowledge and the Search for Meaning in Five Classic Films

Knowledge and the Search for Meaning in Five Classic Films

[Editor’s note: In this guest post, Toronto Pursuits 2017 leader David Schmitt gives us a glimpse of the five films participants will watch and discuss in his seminar Cinema and the Art of Concealment and how these films challenge us to take a second look at what we know, and […]

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Hotels You May Never Want to Leave

Hotels You May Never Want to Leave

By Laurielle Penny When we create a trip for Classical Pursuits, we pay attention to where you put your head down at the end of a day filled with amazing experiences. I’m recently back from a trip to South India scoping out the hotels for Melanie Blake’s Temples, Traders & […]

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Discussing “Our Mutual Friend” with Classical Pursuits

Discussing “Our Mutual Friend” with Classical Pursuits

[Editor’s note: This post by longtime Classical Pursuits leader Nancy Carr was originally published on the Great Books Foundation website. Thanks to Nancy and the GBF for letting us post it here.] Last month I spent fifteen hours, spread over five days, leading a group of thirteen people discussing a […]

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Cuba Photo Contest Winners

Cuba Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Victor Levin and Pat Yates, winners of our photo contest for the Travel Pursuit Literary Cuba: What Now? What Next? A Country in Transition. Cuba offered no end of vibrant and interesting scenes to photograph. George Stevens, founder of the American Film Institute, says that “Cuba incorporates the […]

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Splendid Isolation: The Allure of Iceland

Splendid Isolation: The Allure of Iceland

A guest post by Mark Cwik A friend recently asked me to name three things that keep drawing me back to Iceland. The first two were easy and have remained the same through each trip I’ve made. First is the place itself, its wild beauty—mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, hot […]

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Strength in What Remains Behind

Strength in What Remains Behind

A guest post by Sean Forester I hope you enjoy my painting of San Giorgio Maggiore at dawn. Those of you who travelled to Venice with Tom Jones and Ann experienced the calm grandeur of this vista. As I reflect on the scene, I can almost hear Mahler’s Adaggietto from his […]

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Toronto Pursuits Leader Nella Cotrupi

GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Toronto Pursuits Leader Nella Cotrupi

Nella Cotrupi is a lawyer and educator whose work has focused on the social and ethical engagements of literature. She has led many seminars at Toronto Pursuits and Travel Pursuits to Sicily and Trieste/Croatia. This July, she is leading Migration and Metamorphosis in Nabokov’s Pnin and Hill’s The Book of […]

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