Senior Academy

Senior Academy

Senior Academy for Life-Long Learning – Winter 2019

Our Global Issues and Informed Perspective series will continue in 2019 with two exciting new presenters:

Learn conversational French – with an emphasis on Quebec culture – for real life situations

Learn conversational French – with an emphasis on Quebec culture – for real life situations. Explore language usage in newspapers and other media, in social situations, in business exchanges and with input from class participants. Instructor Olivier Leroy returns to make the language fun with board games, audio recordings, story-telling, visual images and improvised conversation. Begin to build your Quebec vocabulary. Returning students can expect new content.  C’est le fun!

Instructor: Olivier Leroy

Feb. 2 – Mar. 9, 2019
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Price : $100.00

Introduction to Quebec Culture Through Scene Study

Explore the unique world of Quebec language and culture through the eyes and voices of its playwrights: Quebec dramatist, linguist and playwright, Dominique Lemelin will act as teacher, guide and director as participants dissect and discuss one or more contemporary Quebec plays. The aim is to better understand Quebec French in its cultural context. Participants will act as student actors, reading aloud from the script while discussing the characters, their circumstances and their words. Sessions will be conducted in French and English. Proficiency in intermediate French is advised, and advanced French speakers will benefit from the experience as well. The program will run for five classes over six weeks (Bishop’s University’s spring break will be observed). The preliminary plan is to explore the play for four weeks, then to perform an open-script reading of the play for an invited audience. As this is the first time this course has been offered, lessons and objectives may change as the course evolves.  It promises to be great fun and there will be no homework!

Instructor: Dominique Lemelin

February: 4, 11, 18 & 25 and March: 11 (NB March 4th is skipped for Spring break)
3:00-4:30 p.m.

Price : $100.00

A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Life as a Medium & Spiritual Teacher

Dr. Lisa Mask“Have you ever wondered “Why am I here? For what purpose was I born? Am I honoring my gifts?” These are questions I’ve asked myself on numerous occasions. But it wasn’t until I had finished climbing the academic ladder (graduate studies, postdoc, teaching, research, etc.) that I would receive answers to my questions. Much to my astonishment, I discovered that life had prepared me to serve as a medium and spiritual teacher. During this presentation, I will share with you my story; a passage from evidenced-based thinking to a deeper knowing and a journey from striving to accomplish personal goals to surrendering to the divine and truly being of service.” Dr. Lisa Mask is former and guest professor with Bishop’s Psychology Faculty.

Instructor: Dr. Lisa Mask

February 9, 2019
10:30 a.m. to noon

Admission is free
Donations supporting the Senior Academy are welcome and appreciated.

Editing Northanger Abbey

Bishop’s University’s Dr. Claire Grogan is presently editing a third edition of Jane Austen’s pivotal novel, Northanger Abbey. Her presentation will explore the process of editing the novel and will provide insight into the context and legacy of the work. She explains, “Started in the late 1790s but not published until after her death, Northanger Abbey (1818) offers a fascinating window into the politics of writing for women in the early 19th century. How does Austen voice her support of women’s rights in the aftermath of the French Revolution and the public vilification of outspoken advocates such as Mary Wollstonecraft? Read carefully to discover what she has to say about female education, intelligence and capabilities.”. Dr. Claire Grogan graduated with a Degree in English Literature and Language, and then a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, from Trinity College, Oxford University. She then moved to Canada and completed a PhD at Calgary University in “Feminist Politics of British Women’s Writing in the Revolutionary Period (1780-1830)”.

Instructor: Dr. Claire Grogan

February 23, 2019
10:30 a.m. to noon

Admission is free
Donations supporting the Senior Academy are welcome and appreciated.

To register to any of the above events, contact the office of Continuing Education at Bishop’s University:


Write here, Write now! Writing Workshops

The Townshippers Association, in partnership with Bishop’s University’s Senior Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), is offering a wide range of writing workshops. Geared to the expressed needs of Townshippers, workshops will be held several times a month in Lennoxville, Knowlton, and North Hatley, with a possibility of other locations to come. Coordinated by Jan Draper, with assistance from Etienne Domingue and Melanie Cutting (an “Our Stories” alum), this federally-funded project is in response to a need expressed by the Townships’ English-speaking community. In a 2016 Townshippers’ Association survey, literary events were ranked among the top three cultural activities requested by respondents. Topics will range from memoir, to sci-fi/fantasy, to poetry, and beyond, in response to suggestions from our participants. Creative output will be published in local media and on the Townshippers’ Association website, culminating in an ebook. All of the classes are free of charge.

See below for our 2019 dates and venues:


Uplands, 9 Speid Street, Lennoxville, QC

Last Monday of the Month, 7:00-8:30:

January 28
February 25
March 25
April 29
May 27

Facilitator: Étienne Domingue


Centre lac Brome, 270 Victoria St, Lac-Brome, QC

Third Wednesday of the Month, 1:30 – 3:30:

January 16
February 20
March 20
April 15
May 17

Facilitator: Jan Draper

North Hatley

North Hatley Library, 165, rue Main, North Hatley, QC

Third Wednesday of the Month, 1:30 – 3:30

January 5
February 9
March 2
April 6
May 11

Facilitator: Jan Draper

Please call 819-566-5717 to reserve your place!

Check out our website or Facebook page for workshop topics!