The Toronto Public Library branch at Deer Park is offering many programs for adults from September to December, 2014. To learn about the programs being offered or to see library contact information, continue reading below.
TPL Deer Park Branch
40 St. Clair Avenue East
416 393 7657
Author Talk. Disobeying Hitler by Professor Randall Hansen.
Tuesday Sept 9 at 2 pm
Disobeying Hitler tells of German revolt against the dying Nazi tyranny.
Professor Randall Hansen, political scientist, historian, U of T discusses new evidence on three direct violations of orders made personally by Adolf Hitler: The refusal by the commander of Paris to destroy the city; Albert Speer’s refusal to implement a scorched earth policy in Germany; and the failure to defend Hamburg against invading British forces.
Classics Read- aloud. Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra followed by Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra.
Mondays Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, 20, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 at 2 pm
Join a group reading of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra followed by Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. Compare the two works, the style, the characters, the themes.
Tea and Books.
Thursday Sept. 11 at 2 pm
What should I read next? Join us for a social afternoon with tea and listen to a staff member discuss various books you may wish to read.
Corporate Art in the offices of Canada. Fine Art Advisor Natalie Ribkoff
Tuesday Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm
Fine Art Advisor, Natalie Ribkoff presents a behind- the- scenes look at Corporate Art Collecting. Curator of the TD Bank Canadian Contemporary and Inuit Art Collections for over two decades, Natalie shares her expertise in a slide illustrated lecture featuring many of the great artworks in the offices of corporate Canada. Discover what motivates companies to purchase artworks and the benefits of collecting and displaying works of art in a corporate environment.
Author Reading. Terry Fallis. No Relation.
Thursday Sept. 18 at 2 pm
What’s in a name? Plenty if you share the same name as some of the most infamous, revered or dreaded names in history. Meet Earnest Hemingway and follow his complex battle with his work, girlfriend and family.
Picture Perfect – How to take great photos. Tips from professionals.
Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6.30 pm
Have you ever taken a picture that was too dark, too bright, blurry with the wrong colours? GTA Photography Classes will teach you how to use your camera more creatively and efficiently. Learn 7 easy tips for stunning photos from a knowledgeable instructor in a fun and interactive environment!
Lunchtime Lectures. Great Museums of Lake Erie with Mary Redekop
Thursday Sept. 25 at 1 pm
Join Mary Redekop on a slide illustrated trip as she travels around Lake Erie to give you a taste of the collections of the Detroit Institute of Art – home of Diego Rivera’s frescoes, the Toledo Museum of Art and its Glass Pavilion, the Cleveland Museums of Art and Contemporary Art and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, all within driving distances of Toronto.
Women and Small Business Workshop. Tools to Plan your New Future
Tuesday Oct. 7 at 6:30 pm
Banasha Shah of BShah Consulting and Jayne Huhtanen, FocalPoint Business Coach are two boomer-age women who successfully made the leap from the corporate world to running their own small businesses. With over 25 years of financial experience each, they offer a workshop covering issues such as developing a business vision, creating a financial footprint, understanding special financial risks and more.
Lunchtime Lectures: Great Shakespeare Scenes in Opera with Iain Scott
Thursday Oct. 9 at 1 pm
Prospero’s Epilogue from the Tempest. Learn from Iain Scott, much sought out opera educator, how an opera librettist adapts Shakespeare’s lines for the lyric stage and how a composer sets these lines to music. How Shakespeare’s genius is interpreted through opera composers.
Author Reading. Claire Cameron reads from The Bear
Thursday Oct. 16 at 2 pm
Five year old Anna must protect her younger brother from the dangers of the wilderness after a bear attacks her parents on a camping trip. Riveting story of love and courage told through the voice of a five year old.
The Munich Art Trove with German Consul General Walter Stechel
Tuesday Oct. 21 at 6:30 pm
In 2010, 1400 art works were discovered in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt in Munich. These works by well known artists like Picasso, Kokoschka, Klee, Munch, Chagall were considered “degenerate” by the Nazis and were looted from their Jewish owners.
German Consul General Walter Stechel discusses this extraordianry case – the artistic significance, the provenance, moral and legal issues and the issues surrounding repatriation of looted art.
Space is limited. 65 tickets will be handed out starting Monday October 20.
Lunchtime Lectures. Mozart in Love with Rick Phillips
Thursday Oct. 23 at 1 pm
Although we often associate the word ‘love’ with happiness and joy, there are many aspects to real human love – from joy to jealousy, to longing, confusion and heartache. The genius of Mozart is clearly exhibited by how he showed us the concept of love from different perspectives. Join music writer, broadcaster and lecturer, Rick Phillips as he delves into the wonderful world of love in the operas by Mozart.
Peak Learning – Degenerate Art with Natalie Ribkoff
Tuesday Oct. 28 at 6:30 pm
Join Art Historian Natalie Ribkoff for a slide illustrated lecture focusing on the powerful artworks that disturbed Hitler so profoundly that he banished them from public view. From the acidic street scenes of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to the upside down world of George Grosz and Otto Dix, you will have a firsthand look at the “degenerate” artworks featured in the Entartete Kunst Exhibition in Berlin. Following the trail of these modern masterpieces from the 1937 exhibition to the auction houses of Switzerland we’ll discover how the degenerate artworks helped to further Nazi party objectives.
Lunchtime Lectures. Two Shakespeare Marriages: The Taming of the Shrew & Macbeth with Alexander Leggatt
Thursday Nov. 6 at 1 pm
Alexander Leggatt, Professor Emeritus, English, U of T analyses two Shakespearean marriages. The Taming of the Shrew shows marriages being negotiated, in ways that are both conventional and unconventional, and presents a conservative theory of male dominance in marriage, while dramatizing resistance to that theory. Macbeth shows an actual marriage: the interplay of closeness and conflict, the ways in which dominance passes back and forth between the partners, and the rapport that survives even when it looks as though the marriage has fallen apart.
Author Talk. The Science of Shakespeare. Science and the art of Shakespeare.
Tuesday Nov. 11, 6:30 pm
William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time – a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were explored, medieval thinking was giving way to modern thought. In this illustrated talk, award-winning journalist Dan Falk will explore Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time and how he incorporated these new ideas into his plays.
Lunchtime Lectures. Dr. Philippa Sheppard on Goodnight Desdemona.
Tuesday Nov. 18 at 1 pm
Come and explore Toronto playwright and novelist (Fall on Your Knees) Ann Marie MacDonald’s humorous and gender-bending take on two of Shakespeare’s most accomplished tragedies of love — Romeo and Juliet and Othello with Professor Philippa Sheppard, U of T English Dept. In her own Iambic Pentameter, MacDonald satirizes the Canadian academic world while suggesting alternate directions for Shakespeare’s heroines.
Berlin After the Wall. Professor Peter Harris. U of T
Thursday Nov. 20 at 2 pm
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell – almost as quickly as it went up in 1961. How do you put together a city that has been sharply divided for 28 years? This illustrated talk examines some of the physical, political and cultural changes that Berlin has undergone since that startling, historic event 25 years ago this month.
Peter Harris is Assistant Dean (retired) of the Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T.
Peak Learning. World War I Propaganda Art: A Look at Both Sides. Suzanne Tevlin
Tuesday Nov. 25 at 6:30 pm
War propaganda art saw the creation of some bizarre and terrifying images aimed at whipping up war sentiment and demonizing the enemy. Artist and art historian Suzanne Tevlin discusses a selection of such images, from both sides of the World War I conflict. Part of a series entitled Art in Times of Conflict: The Great War.
As seating is limited, tickets will be given out in the branch starting on November 24.
Author Reading. Alison Pick discusses her memoir Between Gods
Thursday Nov. 27 at 2 pm
From the Man booker nominated author Alison Pick comes this moving memoir where she recounts her exploration of her faith. As a teenager she discovers that her Pick grandparents were Jewish and that many relatives had died in concentration camps. She describes her struggle with depression, her journey towards conversion and her final acceptance of her past and her hope for the future.
Geological Wonders of the Ocean Floor with Steve Scott
Tuesday Dec. 2 at 2 PM
Geological and Biological Wonders of the Deep Ocean Floor. Professor Emeritus, Steven Scott. Earth Sciences, U of T. Explore the world’s longest mountain chain of volcanoes and extensive mineable deposits of base and precious metals, all hidden from normal view underwater with a pioneering marine geologist. Hot springs harbour strange biological communities that offer insight into life on Earth and other planets.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]