What’s the deal with Finnish saunas, and other hot topics this fall at TALK

Tue, Sep 5, 2017

People are TALKing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) has just released its fall program of courses as well as topics for its Philosophers’ Corners, which run the gamut from the Amazon and effective listening skills to the Great War, why people have pets, and what goes on in a Finnish sauna.

So what is TALK, anyway?

“TALK—Third Age Learning at Kwantlen provides creative and stimulating educational activities for adults over 50,” explains Robin Heath, TALK board chair. TALK is a participatory learning experience with no quizzes, grades or prerequisites. The learning process is lively, full of discussion, controversy, humour, insight and wisdom.

Events take place throughout the fall at every KPU campus, including Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale, as well as off-campus in some communities.

A snapshot of upcoming topics by location: 

KPU Richmond
Why the Amazon Matters – Sept. 29 
Canada at 150 – Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5

KPU Surrey
First Nations of Canada – Oct. 16
Seven Pieces of Technology Seniors Should Embrace – Dec. 4 

KPU Tech (Cloverdale)
3D Printer Talk and Demonstration – Nov. 4
The Horse and the Farrier – Nov. 29  

KPU Langley
The Great War Remembered – Nov. 1

Heath says this year’s TALK annual general meeting on Oct. 21 will also be an opportunity for learning and lively engagement with provincial seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie. Appointed in 2014, Mackenzie is Canada’s first seniors advocate, tasked with monitoring and reviewing system-wide issues affecting the well-being of seniors and raising awareness about resources available to them. Mackenzie also makes recommendations to government and those who deliver seniors’ services related to health care, personal care, housing, transportation and income support.

The AGM is Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Melville Centre for Dialogue at KPU Richmond.

All TALK events are aimed at those who are 50 or older. Most courses are $15 or $20, in addition to the $10 annual membership fee. There is a suggested minimum donation of $2 for each Philosophers’ Corner. 

For a full schedule of TALK events, including session overviews, times and locations, and presenter bios, visit kpu.ca/talk.

Register online at kpu.ca/talk after Sept. 11. An administrative assistant from KPU will phone registrants for their credit card information.

For more info: Robin Heath, TALK Chair, robiheath@gmail.com

Story by Corry Anderson-Fennell

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