More than 100 people from across Canada and at least 20 states will gather on the shady garden campus of the University of Toronto’ Victoria College during the week of July 14-19 2013 for Toronto Pursuits, to discuss great books. About 70% will be returnees and the remainder will be there for the first time. About half will be working and half will be retired. They will range in age from early thirties to mid-eighties. Some will stay in an economical campus residence; others will opt for a nearby hotel. Still others will commute each day from home. You can be one of them!
Out-of-towners and first-timers get started on Sunday afternoon, July 14, with an optional demonstration in the Shared Inquiry method of discussion and a guided walking tour of Toronto’s art and architecture. The program gets into full swing on Monday morning with the convening of 12 seminars (group discussions of books written by, among others, Susan Sontag, Henry James, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust…), which take place concurrently each morning. The groups are small, capped at 15 participants, and led by smart, enthusiastic book lover/experts.
At noon we gather for an excellent lunch. Each afternoon and evening, you may choose from a wide variety of cultural and social activities both on and off the campus – topical talks, a series of opera talks, walking tours, film screenings, small dinners and much more. On Tuesday evening, there will be an optional concert as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. We have two gala receptions, one on Monday evening and the other at the conclusion of the week on Friday, and a dinner and travel evening on Wednesday.
The 15th annual Toronto Pursuits will take place from July 14-19, 2013. The 5th annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival Excursion will take place July 12-14, 2013. Includes return transportation to Toronto, accommodation for two nights at a Stratford hotel, premium tickets to three plays, discussions, talks, reception, one lunch, and one brunch.
Sign up for a seminar here.