Discussing & Connecting

CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life

 

Join this MOOC to explore what makes cities energizing, amazing, challenging, and perhaps humanity’s greatest invention.

For the first time in human history, more than fifty percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Cities allow for the exchange of ideas, and generate remarkable innovations in business, art, and ideas. Cities are also home to millions living in poverty. Urban living can provide a pathway to a better life, but that’s not always the case for many people around the world.

CitiesX will give you a far-ranging look at the past, present and future of cities, with the aim of teaching you how to better understand, appreciate and improve urban areas. The course will explore key concepts of urban development by examining cities around the world, including London, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Shanghai, Mumbai, Kigali, and many more.

The course includes a historical exploration of cities: how urban centers like ancient Rome resulted from consolidation of imperial power, how cities like Sao Paulo grew as important hotbeds of industry, and how cities like Seattle became hubs of technology and human capital.

CitiesX also dives into pressing social and urban planning issues like public health, transportation, zoning, gentrification, cost of living, crime, and congestion. The course includes interviews and insights from academics, policy makers, urban leaders and city residents.

The analytical framework of the course comes from economics, but is enhanced by conversations with experts from other disciplines (including Sociology, Urban Planning, Journalism, Anthropology, History, Art & Music) to provide learners with a greater understanding of all aspects of urbanism.

What you'll learn

  • A deeper understanding of what urbanism looks like around the world

  • A historical perspective on the rise of cities throughout the world

  • The role local and national governments play in developing and distorting cities

  • The cultural contributions cities make to how we live, love, and learn

  • The role of transportation in creating a liveable city

  • Different approaches to analyzing public policy in cities

  • What the future might hold for urban life

 

This MOOC is presented by Edward L. Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Learn more about the course here: https://youtu.be/XxOf5Bsfsxs

 

This course will take place over Zoom. Here is what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session. Register online or call 604.929.3727 ext. 8166.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.
  • If you need more information contact Vicki at leev@nvdpl.ca

Register online or call 604.929.3727 ext. 8154 or email leev@nvdpl.ca

Location: 

Zoom 2

Time: 

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Aug 24 2021 except Tue May 04 2021, Tue Jun 01 2021, Tue Jul 06 2021, Tue Aug 03 2021.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Audience: 

  • Adults

Registration: 

Super Kids Book Club

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you!  The book title for May is Life according to Og the Frog by Betty Birney.

If you're not in Grade 3 and would like to join the book discussion with other Super Kids, register for a Zoom link which will be emailed to you a few days before we meet.

We're hosting this virtual program on Zoom.  A Zoom invite will be emailed to you a couple of days before we meet. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Registration required. Register online or call Jean at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location: 

Zoom 5

Time: 

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Audience: 

  • Children

Registration: 

Cooking the Books - Share Your Go-to Favourites!

It's a busy weekday night and you need to get dinner on the table - what recipe do you make from memory? It's a lazy weekend morning and maybe you had a few too many glasses of wine the night before - what can you whip up while half-awake? When the pandemic is over and you're going to host a dinner party at the last minute - where do you get your sure-fire recipes from?

Usually we choose a specific author or cookbook to try recipes from, but this time we are going to share our favourite go-to recipes, cookbooks, and chefs. Come with your favourites to share, and you are sure to pick up some great ideas from the others in the group!

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. 

Location: 

Zoom 3

Time: 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Audience: 

  • Adults

Registration: 

Saturday Afternoon Cinema: Metropolis

Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, METROPOLIS had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state-of-the-art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz added, METROPOLIS can be appreciated in its full glory.

METROPOLIS takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, METROPOLIS stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.

Released in 1927. 149 minutes.

We will be meeting at 2pm to discuss the film, which you will need to watch on your own time beforehand. All movies are streaming for FREE on NVDPL’s movie streaming service Kanopy. This service is available to anyone residing in North Vancouver District.  Please note that your access to Kanopy is limited to 4 films per calendar month.  Link to Kanopy information and instructions: https://nvdpl.ca/accessing-kanopy 

NVDPL Kanopy link to the film: https://nvdpl.kanopy.com/video/metropolis-0

NVDPL DVD link: https://nvdpl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S32C394601

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. 

Location: 

Zoom 3

Time: 

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Audience: 

  • Adults

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