Harbourside North Region

Online courses and talks

  • All the courses/events listed below are presented online via ‘Zoom’ software. You will have to book into your chosen online talk by using U3A’s Online Booking System … here => Online Booking System. 
  • After you book, and before the scheduled online talk, you will receive an email telling you the Zoom link, the meeting ID and the meeting password which will enable you to connect to your booked talk using Zoom.

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Women Sailors
Many women have now completed successful circumnavigations of the world, competed and won in the classic yacht races and won gold at the Olympics and Para Olympics. Kay Cottee was the first woman to sail around the world, nonstop and single handed in 1987/88. Jessica Watson repeated the voyage in 2009/10.
These women faced many challenges including being rolled over, pitch poled, dismasted, knocked down, washed overboard and the loss of the keel or rudder. Both Kay and Jessica were knocked down several times with the mast and sails on the water surface. Kay was also washed overboard.
Age has not been a barrier. Jeanne Socrates completed two world circumnavigations at age 70 and 77. Laura Dekker at age 14 attempted the same only to be stopped by the Dutch authorities. Laura went on to do the voyage at 16.
Noel will tell the stories of many women sailors both Australian and of other countries. Several have been inducted into the Australian sailing hall of fame.
Monday 26 October 10:30 – 12:30 Last day for booking: Saturday 24th Oct
Speaker: Noel Phelan

Healthy brain ageing
Is dementia declining? Or is it an inevitable part of ageing and what, if anything, can we do to help our brains age well?
Wednesday 28 October 10:00 – 12:00 Last day for booking: Monday 26th Oct
Speaker: Christine Lopacinski

Life, the Universe and everything.  What is geology and why is it important?  From the Big Bang to Planet Earth, from ancient microbes to the human machine – how did we get here and where are we going?
Monday 2 November 10:30 – 12:30 Last day for booking: Saturday 31st Oct
Speaker:  Garry Lowder

Ruth is a guide at the Mosman Art Gallery.  She will talk about the artistic connections in her family; her father and his aunt were both artists. Ruth will talk about and show photos of their artworks.  She will also talk about the artistic connections of four families in Mosman.
Wednesday 4 November 10:00 – 12:00 Last day for booking: Monday 2nd Nov
Speaker: Ruth McGeechan

The bountiful planet.  (i) What makes your golf ball fly true and your smartphone smart? Where do the ingredients for everyday things come from?  (ii) Gold: how much is there and how do you find it?
Monday 9 November 10:30 – 12:30 Last day for booking: Saturday 7th Nov
Speaker:  Garry Lowder

WW2 nurses evacuated from Singapore in February 1942; ship sunk by bombers; difficulties as POWs; of 65 nurses on that ship, 21 made it back to Australia at the end of the war.
Wednesday 11 November 10:00 – 12:00 Last day for booking: Monday 9th Nov
Speaker:  Rex Broadbent

On a solid foundation.  Why is Everest so high and the Grand Canyon so deep? Why were the Blue Mountains so difficult to cross? Rocks, landscape and Australian geology.
Monday 16 November 10:30 – 12:30 Last day for booking: Saturday 14th Nov
Speaker:  Garry Lowder

Over the last 10 years the number of women imprisoned in NSW has increased dramatically with no commensurate increase in crime. We discuss these issues. Rosalind convenes the Keeping Women out of Prison Coalition which works to reduce the number of women in prison and lessen the impact of women’s custodial sentences on their children.
Wednesday 18 November 10:00 – 12:00 Last day for booking: Monday 16th Nov
Speaker:  Rosalind Strong AM

Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and climate. Why, where and how do they happen? Are they really necessary? Is Australia immune? The geological carbon cycle and climate change. The end of the world as we know it.
Monday 23 November 10:30 – 12:30 Last day for booking: Saturday 21st Nov
Speaker:  Garry Lowder

Covid-19 is our unseen enemy, infecting some 13 million people and killing more than half a million worldwide. This presentation discusses the damage it causes once it gets into our body.
Wednesday 25 November 10:00 – 12:00 Last day for booking: Monday 23rd Nov
Speaker:  Punchi Dassanayake

Falls become increasingly common as we age and can have serious effects. Find out what you can do to avoid them.
Monday 30 November 10:30 – 12:30 Last day for booking: Saturday 28th Nov
Speaker:  Christine Lopacinski

1 in 7 people over the age of 50, and 1 in 3 over the age of 80 are diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD.) The Macular Disease Foundation Australia can show you how to try and preserve your sight through some very simple techniques and lifestyle changes. Learn more about AMD, its symptoms, risk factors, treatment options and management. Dilini will also describe current research into AMD and how to live well with low vision.
Wednesday 2 December 10:00 -11:00 Last day for booking: Monday 30th Nov
Speaker:  Dilini Manthilaka


 Any questions or problems you have about these talks, please contact Rosemarie Einstein by email at einstein@starmer.net.au and we will help.

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