Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Courses and Events
The liberal arts provide you an opportunity to learn for the joy of learning, enhance your creativity, and sharpen your critical thinking skills. We offer a number of options for adults of any age to discover something new.
Videos from our archives
Watch recordings of our past Saturday Forum lectures to spark your curiosity and learn something new.
- Changing Coins in a Changing Culture: What has prompted some countries to get rid of the penny while others continue to hold on to it? This lecture considers the penny’s contributions and whether it can truly be replaced.
- Nights (and Days) at the Vancouver Opera: Vancouver Opera director James Wright shares what it takes to run a major regional opera company in North America.
- Egypt at a Turning Point: Explore how the 2011 revolution in Egypt intensified the struggle of competing groups and belief systems to define the country’s national character.
- Rome, the Eternal City: Discover art, history and treasures in the ancient city of Rome.
- Clothing the Son of Heaven: The Emperor’s Robe: By the 18th century, the Emperor of China’s formal wardrobe was a spectacular, highly codified costume. This lecture examines the cultural values and contradictions embodied by the Emperor’s robe.
- Crocodiles, Mummies, and Ancient Egypt: What was ancient Egypt really like? This lecture explores the role of archaeology in piecing together nearly 3,000 years of ancient history.
- The Happiest History on Earth: The Disneyland Story: Explore the ideas, experiments and changes that have taken place since the original Disneyland park’s opening.
- Social Life of Taste: Critical Geographies of Food and Consumption: Examine how food choices shape spaces, influence land use and affect the formation of communities.
- The History of Human Desire: The world of advertising is founded on a mechanism of desire: we want to buy something because it is portrayed as desired by others. In this lecture, we explore whether desire is an illusion we use to construct our own identity.
- Staying Healthy—Bad Habits, Goals and Happiness: Learn insights from health psychology on what influences our everyday decisions on how to stay healthy.
- The Industrial Production of Popular Culture: Industrially produced culture is all around us, yet we rarely think about what it means or how we consume it. We explore whether mass production limits what popular culture can express.
- Albert Einstein, Most Comprehensibly Incomprehensible Rebel-Genius: Take a closer look at the life and work of Albert Einstein, the past century’s most comprehensibly incomprehensible cultural icon.
- Street Photography: The Imaginary, the Tangible and the Obvious: Watch this lecture for a colourful journey into the implications, contexts, motives and variations of street photography.
- 1960s Vancouver: Music, Mini-Skirts and Revolution: What was Vancouver’s contribution to the political and social change of the 1960s? In this lecture, we explore the city’s vibrant and rebellious past.
- Christmas Trees in Myth, History and our Daily Lives: An affinity for trees spans the globe and touches nearly every culture. Explore how trees have shaped our lives and histories.
Online courses continue to run as scheduled.
In-person courses in Liberal Arts and 55+ are currently suspended. We are exploring options for summer programming and will provide an update when we know more.
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