Saturday, January 18, 2020
A Workers?Educational Association - UNIVERSITY in the COMMUNITY program, Generously supported by The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Senior College, Innis College, & St. Stephen’s Community House, this program is a free educational opportunity for people with low incomes to participate in university level classes in the Humanities.

What are the Humanities?

The Humanities try to answer the big questions of life. What is the meaning of life? How should we live our lives? What is a moral life? What is the best route to a happy life? What do I owe myself? What do I owe others? In studying the Humanities, we learn how philosophers, poets, artists and historians through the centuries have tried to answer these questions and we try to discover what we ourselves think the answers are.

University in the Community

Winter Term 2014
Wednesday, February 5 ¨C Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 ¨C 8:30
Room 312
(Room open from 6:00)
Innis College
University of Toronto
Course Co-ordinator: Joanne Mackay-Bennett

Cultural Production: How the Cultural Industries Produce Meaning

When we read a newspaper, listen to radio, watch television, surf the World Wide Web, visit a museum or art gallery, go to the movies, take a photograph, or leaf through an advertising flyer, we each produce our own individual meaning resulting from this activity.

It is the job of the cultural industries to produce the meaning or meanings that they wish us to derive from the above actions. Each cultural industry has its own theoretical and operational structures to enable them to achieve the results they wish. The course will examine a number of these industries to determine how they produce meaning.

1. February 5: Introduction; the rationale of the course; overview of topics; advice on accessing the products of the cultural industries
Donald J. Gillies, Chair, University in the Community Committee, and Fellow, Senior College, University of Toronto; Professor Emeritus, Ryerson University
2. February 12: It's a moving picture! The world's first cultural industry
Dr. Constance Dilley, retired social worker, editor of the film magazine Cinema Canada, executive director of two non-profit agencies
3. February 19: Creating Meaning in Music and in the Music Industry
Dr. Phil Rose, Communication Studies, York University, Vice-President of the Media Ecology Association, professional musician
4. February 26: The Role of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto in the Culture of Canada
Professor Gillies, officers and members of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
This class will take place at the club at 14 Elm Street.
5. March 5: Mid-term course evaluation and discussion
Students, Course Co-ordinator and Professor Gillies
6. March 12: The National Film Board as Canada's Storyteller: Cultural Production and Distribution in a Rapidly Changing Media Landscape?
Kristine Collins, Director, Institutional and Educational Markets, Accessibility and Digital Enterprises, National Film Board of Canada
This class will take place at the National Film Board facilities, 150 John Street at the corner of Richmond Street West.
7. March 19: TBA
8. March 26: Made in CanCon: The Culture and Commercials of Canadian Media??
Dr. Philip Savage, Associate Professor in Communication Studies ?and Multimedia, McMaster University
9. April 2: Inside the Media
Philip Mathias, journalist, author, editor, radio and television broadcaster, documentary and television producer
10. April 9: Course review; student feedback and discussion
Course Co-ordinator and Professor Gillies
Awards and end of-term party. Details to be provided by Course Co-ordinator.


Thought for Food!

Organic food¡ªIs it really healthier? ? Why do gardens make you smile? How is Canadian history contained in a bottle of maple syrup? And so on. Answers to these questions and more will be on the table at Thought for Food, a new course sponsored by CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and University in the Community.

Join us for a 9-week conversation about choices of food and foods of choice. Every Tuesday afternoon (2:00 -3:30 pm) from March 25 to May 20 local experts and entrepreneurs will introduce you to the world of urban agriculture: Toronto¡¯s growth industry! This fun course is for CAMH clients, family members, staff, volunteers and neighbourhood residents. And it¡¯s FREE.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, March 25 ¨C May 20
  • Time: 2:00 ¨C 3:30 pm
  • Location: CAMH Client Library, 1001 Queen Street (between Unit 4 and the Community Centre)
  • TTC tokens are available for those in need.
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Notebooks and pens will be provided.

For information or to register, please contact:
Andrea Reynolds at CAMH:
Joanne Mackay-Bennett at University in the Community:

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