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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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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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A Musical Microcosm of the World

A Musical Microcosm of the World

[Editor’s note: Musician, writer, and broadcaster Rick Phillips returns to Toronto Pursuits with A Symphonic Symposium. What does the symphony mean to you? Reflect on this and other questions as you learn about the history of this musical form and listen to and discuss symphonies from across the centuries.] The […]

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A Famous Path That Still Holds Mystery

A Famous Path That Still Holds Mystery

Classical Pursuits is very excited to be mentioned in the recently published 100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go by Patricia Harris. Patricia’s chapter on the Camino and its history features Ann’s experience of walking the entire Camino Francés in 2010. Ann’s six weeks on the road inspired her to […]

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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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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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