The East and West Learning Club May 2018 Schedules

May 3  Improv Class

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Facilitated by professional actor and acting teacher, Nancy Morrison, the improv class will fill the night with brain teasers, fun stories, laughters, and good companies in an friendly, welcoming setting.  For more details, please visit Improv Classes minutes.

The East and West Learning Club brings the class to the neighbourhood of Finch & Brimley in Scarborough, and helps participants cover most of the fees involved.  Now the participants pay only $5 per person per class.

Full.  Next class on October 4.  Registration will open in September.

May 10  Pizza & Dumpling Night

6:30 – 7:00 PM  Meals & social

7:00 – 8:30 PM  Regular book club meeting

  1. Each participant will have a 1-minute presentation, sharing anything happened in his/her life, or a thought/idea etc. Then take 3 questions from other members.
  2. We will discuss a chapter of Emily Post’s Etiquette(18th edition) .  We will share with one another the words that impress us most in the book, points that we are not aware of or not sure about before the reading, and related stories and thoughts we have experienced in real life.  Once you have RSVPed, we will send you the materials to read.
  3. We will pick a topic to discuss, encouraging all participants to voice their opinions in a clear, polite, and constructive way. Please feel free to send your suggestion on topics.

This week’s topic:

In his book A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director who was fired by President Donald Trump, James Comey explores what an ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.  Some people say his decision to re-start the Hillary Clinton email investigation right before the election day in 2016 is not a sound one, because as a matter of fact the action helps Trump win the election while Comey does not think Trump would be a suitable president for the country.  Other people say Comey did an ethical thing, being loyal to his job and American people, instead of playing politics.  What would you do if you were him in that historical moment?  How would you define ethical leadership and sound decisions?

Cost: Free (a simple meal included).  A donation of a loonie or a toonie would be appreciated.

Please RSVP as soon as possible, but definitely by Wednesday night, May 9 at: ericliujt@gmail.com to book for meals.  Thanks!

 

May 17  Pizza & Dumpling Night

Same as above.  Free regular book club meeting, with different contents and topics.  Please come back to check details later.

This week’s topic:

Apu, a character in the animated series ‘The Simpsons’ has a South Asian accent(played by a white actor)  and perceived South Asian behaviour.  Some Indian Americans criticized the character was stereotyping South Asians, and they did not find it funny any more.  ‘The Simpsons’ responded that the series had been aired for decades — why people were getting so sensitive now; the comedy just made fun of all kinds of people, not only South Asians.  What do you think of this controversy?

Please RSVP by Wednesday night, May 16 at: ericliujt@gmail.com to book for meals.  Thanks!

 

May 24  Pizza & Dumpling Night

Same as above.  Free regular book club meeting, with different contents and topics.  Please come back to check details later.

This week’s topic:

Why do you think many people around the world are so interested in the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle ?  What do you think of the monarchy in Canada?

Please RSVP by Wednesday night, May 23 at: ericliujt@gmail.com to book for meals.  Thanks!

 

May 31  The East&West Dialogue

6:30 – 7:00 PM  Meals & social

7:00 – 8:30 PM  Guest speakers’ presentations, and Q & A sessions

This is our monthly special event!  Come to have a dialogue with guest speakers from different cultural backgrounds.  The guests will share their experiences with cultural differences, their expertise, observation, and/or suggestions that may be helpful to immigrants.  We hope that through this communication we can develop a deeper understanding of Canadian society, how other people are thinking and living, and how we can adapt ourselves to our new country better.

This month our guest speakers will be Mr. Ian White and Mr. Wayne Henshall.  For details, please check our Event page often to see the announcement.  An announcement is usually posted a week ahead of the Dialogue, giving guest speakers’ profiles and major topics they will present.

Cost: Free (a simple meal included). A donation of a loonie or a toonie would be appreciated.

Please RSVP as soon as possible, but definitely by Wednesday night, May 30 at: ericliujt@gmail.com to book for meals.  Thanks!

We look forward to seeing you at our book club!

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