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COMING THIS APRIL:
Propaganda: Mass Manipulation Through the Ages
LifeLong Learning Mississauga
April 7 - May 26, 2021
Marie-Antoinette: in the Queen's footsteps
Coming in May 3, 10, 17 & 31, 2021...
(Lectures will also be recorded)
“In the great circumstances of life, our soul attaches itself strongly to places where pleasures and sorrows melt upon us”, wrote Balzac. The memories and emotions, happy and sad, associated with places we visited or where we lived help shape our personality and how it evolves over time. In that regard, Marie-Antoinette was no different than the rest of us. This series of lectures proposes to better understand the most famous of the French queens through the places she loved or disliked, the palaces she lived in, as well as the prisons where she spent the last few months of her existence. We will follow Marie-Antoinette’s footsteps at Versailles and its gardens, Trianon and its hamlet, Fontainebleau, the Tuileries Palace, the Temple and the Conciergerie, in Paris.
An invitation to visit (virtually) some of the most iconic French monuments and châteaux.
Registration will be opened as of Saturday, April 3
May 5, 2021 - 6pm (Eastern)
Napoleon: the making of a charismatic leader
FREE ZOOM Lecture
On 2 December 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French at Notre-Dame in Paris. By then, he had become the leader of the most powerful state in Europe. His military genius was acknowledged by all. On that day, he turned to his brother Joseph and said: "If only our father could see us now!"
Twenty years earlier, the coronation as emperor of the second son of a member of the lower Corsican aristocracy would have unthinkable.
A look at Napoleon's exceptional rise to power and how he understood the nature and importance of public opinion. "Government is nothing unless supported by opinion," he declared once. Propaganda and manipulation were central to his success as leader, just as they failed him once he stopped winning on the battlefields of Europe...
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Olivier Courteaux holds a Doctorate in History from the University Paris IV-Sorbonne. He specializes in the history of 20th century international relations, with a particular emphasis on conflicts.
He has taught at various institutions in Ontario including York University/Glendon College, Ryerson University and the Royal Military College in Kingston. He is currently lecturing at the Life Institute (Ryerson University).
Olivier is the author of The War on Terror: Canada’s Dilemma (2009), Canada between Vichy and de Gaulle, 1940-1945 (published in English in 2013 and in French in 2015) on Franco-Canadian relations during the Second World War, and Quatre Journées qui ébranlèrent le Québec on Charles de Gaulle’s famous 1967 “Vive le Québec Libre”, in 2017.
Paris with Olivier
May 12-20, 2020
Most of you would likely have travelled to Paris. But have you really seen the real Paris. I plan on taking a small group to my home city in the spring of 2020 - The theme: the Bonaparte dynasty and Paris. Napoleon and his nephew Napoleon III transformed Paris and made it what it is to this day: one of the most beautiful city in the world. Join me in what will be a unique visit of Paris and its vicinity...
Spain with Dr. Olivier Courteaux
May 15-24, 2019
LIFEtravels and Worldwide Quest
Spain is a fascinating country to explore, bursting with historic treasures, architectural wonders, dramatic scenery, and charismatic cities.
The journey begins in the golden metropolis of Madrid where we find medieval mansions, royal palaces, and a plethora of artistic masterpieces including Picasso’s Guernica, Spain’s most famous artwork. From Madrid we’ll travel out to Toledo, dramatically sited at the top of gorge overlooking the river; a place where we find Roman roots, Gothic cathedrals, Sephardic synagogues crammed into the dense historical centre.
A fast train takes us south to Andalucia, a cultural melting pot of Christian and Moorish influences with ancient mosques transformed into churches, richly decorated palaces, and a cuisine infused with North African flavours. We’ll visit the highlights in the beautiful cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada, ending our trip in the Mediterranean seaside town of Malaga.
Don’t miss this LIFE Institute trip to Spain in the company of fellow LIFE Institute members and friends.