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Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC). Photo: Carleton University

Carleton’s Learning in Retirement program expands to offer additional lectures and workshops at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre

By Barbara Popel on July 30, 2019


In April, I wrote about Carleton University’s Learning in Retirement (LinR) program. I said there were “big changes afoot following Carleton’s acquisition of the Dominion-Chalmers Centre” and that I’d report on details this summer. Well, here’s that report.

The co-ordinator of the program, Daphne Uras, recently elaborated on the ways LinR will use the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) as a second location. First of all, she assured me that, “We have not reduced offerings on Carleton’s main campus. We are offering additional lecture series and workshops at CDCC to address the growing demand, and offer further learning opportunities for those who find it convenient to visit downtown.”

We are offering additional lecture series and workshops at CDCC to address the growing demand, and offer further learning opportunities for those who find it convenient to visit downtown.—Daphne Uras, Learning in Retirement program co-ordinator

She said, “we’re excited about providing more options for existing participants, and attracting new people to the program. Based on a survey LinR conducted in 2017, we expect the location will particularly attract existing participants who already live downtown (or nearby), or will find it easy to get to via public transit.” (The number 6, 7 and 11 buses have stops a block from CDCC. There’s also some parking at CDCC.). “And we expect that we’ll attract new participants from Centretown, downtown, and Sandy Hill as well.” She emphasized that, “we want to spread the word that despite our name, we don’t restrict attendance based on age! All adults are welcome.”

Image courtesy of Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

These lecture series and workshops at CDCC will begin in the fall sessions that were announced on July 17. They are described online. The CDCC will be the venue for six 6-week lecture series and a single lecture presentation, as well as one language and two writing multi-session workshops. There will also be 25 lecture series, 31 single lecture presentations, a language workshop, and a writing workshop at the Carleton campus. Those at the CDCC are all scheduled during the day, primarily in two rooms that are fully accessible and that seat up to 35.

Ms. Uras said to expect “a little of everything – language and writing workshops, lecture series on music, literature, physics, history, and philosophy” at CDCC. Most lecture series are brand new. Some are by returning lecturers and some by lecturers new to LinR. There will be repeats of several well-loved series, too.

Several of the LinR offerings at CDCC caught my eye.

The most unusual one was the September 19 lecture “Music for Curious Ears: An Introduction to Unusual Musical Equipment”. It will be given by the Juno award-winning composer/percussionist and music professor, Jesse Stewart. Ever wonder what instrument makes the spooky sounds in horror films, or what a flute made out of 50,000-year old wood sounds like? Dr. Stewart promises to answer these questions, and much more. Moreover, to celebrate LinR’s new milestone expansion into downtown, this lecture is free (preregistration is required). It will be held in the CDCC’s Woodside Hall, which seats 120.

Another lecture at the CDCC that looked intriguing was “Spy Fiction: Classics of the 20th and 21st Centuries”. And one of my favourite LinR lecturers, Dr. Peter Watson, is presenting “Babylon to the Big Bang: The First Billion Miles”.

Daphne Uras is encouraging people to sign up for the mailing list online so they can get advance information about registration day and get news about additional lecture series. She reminded me that, because the CDCC lecture rooms are smaller than the room used by LinR on the Carleton campus, people should sign up for the CDCC lectures as soon as registration is open on Thursday, August 8.