past programs of NLC

Fall 2017 - Russia 2017

How well do we know Russia? Its geography and history is epic. In the span of a century, it moved from a Tsarist past to the world’s first socialist republic. Then came the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today Russia is a country still defining itself, and a country the West is reluctant to trust.... read more

In this series: the legacy of the revolution, Putin and politics, Russian dissidents, crime and punishment, culture and nationalism, the Olympics and winning no matter what, and a new Cold War?

Spring 2017 - Canada’s Arctic 2017

Canada is a Northern Nation. Canada's Arctic makes up over 40% of our landmass and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. It is an essential part of our national identity and it is vital to our future.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Northumberland Learning Connection presents a program on the Canadian Arctic. Join us as we explore the history, art, landscape, and contemporary issues affecting the people of the North.… read more

Fall 2016 - Exploring Islam

From geopolitics to culture, education and humour, Exploring Islam offers a compelling picture of an often-misunderstood religion and way of life.

We have invited Canada’s eminent Islamic thinkers and doers because you expect the best speakers and the most interesting topics. The result will be one of our most engaging series yet. … read more

Spring 2016 - Frontiers in Genetics
Advances in genetics attract controversy.  Darwin’s theory of natural selection was attacked for the questions it raised about the origins of man.  Today, stunning breakthroughs in genetics promise to cure disease and feed the world. They also introduce ethical dilemmas and questions of security. … read more

Fall 2015 - Making Sense of Now

What we do and think about today would be unimaginable to previous generations - even to our slightly younger selves. …read more

Spring 2015 - Beyond a Yardstick

Measurement began when people started counting on their fingers.  Now we measure the incomprehensible, the invisible, and the untouchable: the size of the universe, electric currents in the brain, and the emotion aroused by music. Our spring 2015 series explores the nature of measuring, its current frontiers, and what it is telling us about our world and ourselves. ...read more

Fall 2014 - The Future of the Past: Archaeology today

When it comes to archaeology, everything old is new again. Today’s archaeologists are unearthing fresh insights about our distant and more recent past. They’re collaborating with anthropologists and scientists, and applying precision tools like lasers and drones  to challenge theories about how societies functioned and evolved. From re-examining ancient fire and food practices to considering how contemporary politics influenced discoveries – and even excavating Nazi labour camps – they’re deepening our understanding of humanity. ...read more

Spring 2014 - The Great Lakes
Deep in the heart of North America is a vast inland sea known as the Great Lakes – the largest source of fresh surface water on earth. Home to 105 million people, 350 fish species and hundreds of millions of migratory birds, the Great Lakes basin is also the fourth largest economic region in the world. Settlement, industry, globalization and climate change have profoundly altered this valuable resource. What does the future hold? ...read more

Fall 2013 - India: The Next Superpower
India is home to 1.2 billion people, 23 official languages, all the world's major religions – and the world's fastest growing democracy. How do we understand this land of astonishing diversity and entrepreneurial energy? ...read more

Spring 2013 - Truth and Truthiness

Facts bombard us. One fact contradicts another. Some facts are hard to understand. Others question our understanding of the past or of justice or deny what our senses say. ...read more

Fall 2012 - Design in Your World
Design touches every part of your life. From cars to dish soap to magazine ads - design influences the choices you make. It can even alter your mood. What do designers know that we don’t? ...read more

Spring 2012 - The Next 20 Years: How Your Life Will Change
Physicists, scientists and other innovators are developing prototypes for the materials, medicine and computers you’ll use tomorrow. How will their discoveries affect your daily life, your health and longevity, the way you communicate and travel? ...read more

Fall 2011 - The DNA of Modern China
Only by appreciating China’s ancient and recent past can we comprehend how it is transforming our everyday lives. Examine influences, past and present, affecting China’s growth today and in the future. ...read more

Spring 2011 - Colour and You: How Colour Shapes the World and Your Life
Learn about the colours of  the heavens and what they tell us the link between colour and contentment; how colour in the hands of masters can influence how you perceive the world; what your brain knows about colour that you don’t, and the colour of music. ...read more

Fall 2010 - Language change and social change, from grammar to emoticons
New words are introduced, old words gain new meanings, communications grow global, pop culture morphs, texting creates a vocabulary of contractions, and – tragically – traditional languages die. ...read more

Spring 2010 - City building and place making: architecture for the 21st Century
The 21st century is posing new challenges to the quality of life and economic opportunities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe – the densely populated region around the west end of Lake Ontario that includes Northumberland County. ...read more

Fall 2009 - Our Hills and Heritage: Five views of Northumberland County
How has our county developed since the first years of settlement? What clues in the landscape help us understand Northumberland's place in Canadian literature and art? ...read more

Spring 2009 - Memory: What, How and Where We Remember
Why do we forget certain facts and experiences while others remain firmly in our minds? Does technology help or hinder? Do certain types of attention influence memory? Is recollection under hypnosis possible? How do some cultures convey knowledge by means of spirit mediums? ...read more

Fall 2008 - Nudes & Neutrons: Leaps of Imagination in Art and Science
An exploration of the relationships between science and art, including how the arts have affected science and how scientific discoveries have moved visual artists, musicians and writers. ...read more

Spring 2008 - Ice

How the science of ice shapes the earth, about how it has stimulated the evolution and nurturing of life, and about efforts to tame it for our own use. ...read more

Fall 2007 - Bricks, Bohemians, & Passionate Lovers
Gary McCluskie, Clayton Scott, and Iain Scott speak on Toronto's new opera house, Puccini's "La Boheme", and Verdi's Greatest Love Duets. ...read more

Spring 2007 - Enjoying Opera

Opera is about romance, passion, love, hate, deception, gorgeous music and sumptuous sets – a feast for the ear and eye. Learn about it from one of Canada’s most knowledgeable opera experts, Iain Scott. ...read more

Fall 2006 A - Lectures on six great books
The Bible, The Odyssey, The Theban Plays in the Fall and The Aeneid, Metamorphosis, and The Inferno in the Spring. ...read more

Fall 2006 B - Quebec and Its Place in Canada
Lectures and seminars that deepen our understanding of 21st century Quebec, breaking down our stereotypes of Quebec and its peoples, its cultural vibrancy, its institutions, and its history. ...read more

Spring 2006 - The Age of Great Cathedrals
The complexity and beauty of the Gothic Cathedral is explored in 6 lectures with accompanying seminars, and three special events. ...read more

Fall 2005 - The Idea of Democracy in a Global World

The concept and reality of democracy our interconnected world is explored and analyzed by leading thinkers. ...read more

Spring 2005 - Islamic Civilization and its Influences on the Western World

Six lectures and four seminars address the religion and culture of pre-Islamic Arabia, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, and the modern Islamic developments in theology and philosophy. ...read more