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Time to whip intellect into shape

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If your new year’s resolution was to stretch your intellect, all is well.


Here’s an easy way to keep your commitment.


Whether you live close to the University of Manitoba or not, the campus is a huge plus for the public.

There are frequent opportunities to attend free lectures, concerts and other events.


Between September and December of this past year, I attended three offerings, all in different fields.


The first was a reading by Lorna Crozier, a noted Canadian poet and author of 15 books of poetry. Among her many awards are a Governor General’s Award, the Order of Canada, and an honourary Doctorate of Laws degree. She is an acclaimed professor of poetry at the University of Victoria.


The poems she read drew me right into the world her words created.


What amazed me was that my husband and I were the only "outsiders" at the reading. The others were students who, by the questions they asked, had obviously studied her poetry.


The second was a co-lecture given by the dean of architecture and a professor of German. Their topic was human rights museums. They spoke about Berlin and three museums in that city. A new insight for me was how the architecture of these buildings and the area around them go hand-in-hand.


I was especially interested because the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is being built in Winnipeg at The Forks. I knew this fact, but will now look at the building and its site in a different way.


The talk was one of a weekly series titled Critical Conversations: The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. The series continues this year and is held at the university’s law faculty building.


My third outing was an evening visit to the archives of the Dafoe Library.


It was for the launch of This Booke of Starres: 400 Years of the King James Bible. A first edition of the Bible was on display together with an exhibit of early books giving an insight into this historic Bible.


The three speakers were knowledgeable and humorous. A reception followed.


Check out upcoming events online at umanitoba.ca.


When you want to give your intellect a boost and keep costs down, jump in your car, take a bus, walk, or cycle to the U of M and take in an evening or daytime event.


Jeannette Timmerman is a Richmond West-based writer.


Neighbourhood Forum is a readers’ column. If you live in The Sou’wester area and would like to contribute to this column, contact jim.timlick@canstarnews.com.

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