Great Explorations

Roger Mantie shares the experience of implementing health-oriented music programming for older adults to wrap up the Fall 2021 Season of Great Explorations.  Thanks to a New Horizons for Seniors grant, which allowed for video-based programming to be reintroduced in the summer of 2021 after successful sing-along programming with "loneliness and social isolation intent" at three Scarborough area retirement homes had to be cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, problematizing the meaning and value of recreational singing for older adults, focussing on the paradigmatic shift in approach that occurred over the course of the program. Originally conceived as a therapeutic intervention to address feelings of loneliness and social isolation, several epiphanies led to the realization that successful music facilitation depends less on “expertise” and more on relationship-building.

Great Explorations, a virtual series of academic discussions to inspire our community, welcomes you to join us online and hear from some of the campus' most renowned thinkers.

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Fall 2021 Line-up