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Is Music a Universal Language?

Is Music a Universal Language?

Among the recent events marking the centenary of the end of World War I, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a passionate speech at the base of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris warning against the current rise of nationalism in the world. Speaking in French, Macron likened this trend to […]

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Why Middlemarch Can Change Your Life

Why Middlemarch Can Change Your Life

[Editor’s note: Longtime Toronto Pursuits leader Nancy Carr returns in 2019 with a seminar on the unforgettable Middlemarch. The seminar is already half full; register today!] Middlemarch is the one book I’m willing to tell people they should read. I recommend many books, and advocate strongly for a few. But […]

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The Quiet War: Virginia Woolf, Claudia Rankine, and the Fine Line between Resistance and Resignation

Virginia Woolf/Through the Looking Glass #1 by Christiaan Tonnis

[Editor’s note: We at Classical Pursuits are excited to welcome back John Riley to Toronto in July 2018. In 2017, John led a seminar on the nature of knowledge. His upcoming seminar, Listening to the Voices of Resistance, has its roots in John’s experience of growing up in the American South […]

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Seeing Things As They Really Are in Renaissance Florence

Seeing Things As They Really Are in Renaissance Florence

We at Classical Pursuits are excited to welcome back Stuart Patterson to Toronto in July 2018. In 2016, Stuart led a seminar on Ovid’s Metamorphoses in painting, music and poetry. He recently spoke with us about his upcoming seminar, The Birth of New Powers in Florence. Participants in Stuart’s seminar […]

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What Price Power? Why Trollope Matters Today

What Price Power? Why Trollope Matters Today

[Editor’s note: We give a warm welcome back to longtime Toronto Pursuits leader Nancy Carr. Nancy’s seminar Through the lens of the under-appreciated Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, participants in Nancy’s seminar will ask a timeless question: How far are we willing to go to obtain power?] As I ride the […]

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Old Truths Made New: Interview with Toronto Pursuits Leader Mandy Burton

Old Truths Made New: Interview with Toronto Pursuits Leader Mandy Burton

We are thrilled to welcome new leader Mandy Burton to Toronto Pursuits. Mandy comes to us through Toronto Pursuits’ education manager Mark Cwik. Participants in her seminar Power, Rights and Personhood will benefit from her true spirit of inquiry that crosses disciplines, and will read classics old and new. Classical […]

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Writing for Their Lives: Interview with Toronto Pursuits leader John Riley

Writing for Their Lives: Interview with Toronto Pursuits leader John Riley

We at Classical Pursuits are excited to welcome back John Riley to Toronto in July 2018. In 2017, John led a seminar on the nature of knowledge. He recently spoke with us about his upcoming seminar, Listening to the Voices of Resistance. The seminar has its roots in John’s experience of […]

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Discovering Truth Through Myth

Discovering Truth Through Myth

[Editor’s note: We’re very happy to welcome longtime Classical Pursuits leader and classical painter Sean Forester back to Toronto. Sean’s 2018 seminar offers opportunities for both rigorous discussion about classic works and personal reflection on what roles myths play in our lives.] In a bit of the witty repartee Oscar […]

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Destiny, Realpolitik, and the Will to Power

Destiny, Realpolitik, and the Will to Power

[Editor’s note: Betty Ann Jordan is the founder of Art InSite cultural tours and a Toronto-based arts commentator. She operates whenever possible at the intersection between art, architecture and literature. We are thrilled to have her the leader of Memoirs of Hadrian: Power Embodied in July 2018.] In our politically […]

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Learning to See: Invisible Man and the Power of Imagination

Stage production of Invisible ManThe Huntington/Flickr

Each time I plunge back into this book, I feel the battering that Invisible Man endures when he is thrust into the “battle royal.” Our unnamed narrator, thinking he has arrived at a meeting of his town’s white business and civic leaders to receive a prestigious scholarship, is thrown into […]

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