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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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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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