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  • Ruins of Pompeii
    Ruins of Pompeii
  • Dionysiac frieze, Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii
    Dionysiac frieze, Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii
  • Dear Baba, book cover
    Dear Baba, book cover

Laura, Old Post Office | May 24, 2019

Learning is an important part of life and something we do every single day! It's exciting to discover a new skill or learn about a new subject, as it expands our horizons. 

If that sounds like you, come and join us for The Thursday Topic at Idea Exchange, Old Post Office. We’ll explore all kinds of subjects with seasoned experts.

Bring your friends, make new ones, and exercise your mind as we discover and exchange ideas.

Thursday, June 6 (11:30am-12:30pm): The Garden and Landscape of Pompeii with Kelley Prendergast.
This pictorial presentation explores the art, architecture, and mythology surrounding the landscape and gardens in ancient temples and buildings throughout Pompeii. Kelley Prendergast is an early childhood researcher and teacher to young students and adults on various subjects and topics. At the University of Toronto, Kelley completed a Masters of Public Policy in urban, education and sustainability policy and also a Masters of Arts in Art History in environmental art.

Thursday, June 20 (11:30am-12:30pm): Maryam Rafiee, author of Dear Baba: A Story Through Letters
Maryam Rafiee was only a teenager when her father, Hossein Rafiee, was first imprisoned in Iran for expressing his political views. Unable to see or speak to him, she wrote him letters that she could never send. She recorded the things she wished she could tell him: thoughts on school, home, the family's struggle to free him, and most importantly her own hopes and dreams. Fifteen years later, in the wake of her father's second imprisonment, Maryam offers these letters to the world.