Online Seminars and Book Discussions

Online seminars

Our high-quality seminars are everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form. Online or in person, we invite you to be part of a convivial community that gathers to read, watch, listen to and discuss compelling literature, art, music and film. Study works that move, provoke, unsettle and inspire. Wrestle with questions and ideas that matter.

Check back frequently for new seminar listings. See individual seminars for dates and prices.

Self on the Line: The Multimedia Psyche of the Jazz Age
July 27
Camus' The Plague
August 4
Classics of Canadian Literature
August 5
Moby Dick
August 5
In Search Of Paradise: Encounters With Landscape
August 9
Montaigne: On the Art in/of Writing the Self
August 29
Solitude and Beauty
September 9
To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
September 10
Herodotus and History: Telling Stories About the Past
September 22
Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters, Part II
September 27
Franz Kafka's The Trial
October 4
Bold, Brilliant Broads: Portraits and Personhood
October 24


Webinars: Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern | Free!

Explore a range of topics with our free webinars, from the gardens and painting of Monet to Gold Rush San Francisco to urban planning. Even if you can’t attend, register to receive the recording. NB: We’re on summer break after August 6, and will resume webinars on September 17.


Canadian Literature of World War I
August 6
Thinking Space, Drinking Space: Café Culture in Paris
September 17



Friday Flash Fiction | Fridays at 5 p.m Eastern | Free!

Join Classical Pursuits director Melanie Blake for a one-hour discussion of a classic or contemporary short story, with a selection that changes weekly. Explore a range of authors and genres. All stories will be freely accessible online. Bring your favourite drink and enjoy chatting with other readers.

How to join Friday Flash Fiction: Email Melanie to RSVP if you do not already have the recurring Zoom link


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