Course about remote Amazon tribe among the new Continuing Education offerings

Jacqueline Oscvirk holds the new Continuing Education brochure for winter 2011.They live in the darkness of the Amazon rainforest without technology or running water. Their tribe is so isolated that many of its members have never heard of the United States. Simply reaching them requires taking a two-seat bush plane and landing in a crude clearing deep in the jungle.They are the Yanomama of the Amazon, a population with little contact with the outside world, and Bert D’Amico of St. Catharines is one of few anthropologists to ever interact with them. He will share his experiences as part of Brock’s Continuing Education winter 2011 season.Bert D’Amico is photographed with two Yanomama children.D’Amico will offer “The Yanomama of the Amazon” every Thursday from April 4 to 18. He will share his spell-binding personal adventures about the Yanomama, including how their health, land and very existence are in danger.D’Amico, who taught at Denis Morris Catholic High School for 30 years, visited the Yanomama with a fellow anthropologist in the 1980s. Having done extensive work in eastern Africa, D’Amico jumped at the chance to go to the Amazon.He was struck by the themes he encountered that were similar to other cultures. The Yanomama had no Biblical influence, yet their culture included a story of a massive flood, and the notion of blaming women for humanity’s indiscretions, “not unlike Eve and the apple,” said D’Amico, author of the book A Touch of Africa.A Yanomama warrior seeks revenge on a neighbouring tribe. Photo courtesy of Bert D’AmicoUpon return, he lectured at several universities about what he saw in the Amazon. People who take his Continuing Education class, which costs $75, or $72 for seniors, can expect “an eye opener,” he said.“They will see the world through a different set of eyes.”D’Amico’s course is one of many new additions to the winter Continuing Education line up, said Jacqueline Oscvirk, marketing and registration co-ordinator.Other new additions include “A taste of Tuscany,” an evening lecture and dinner with instructor Giacamo Folinazzo, and “Aging well,” which examines issues related to aging.There are also professional development classes for software such as Photoshop, InDesign and Excel 2010, and language classes in French and Italian.“These are all meant to be sparks of inspiration for people to continue to learn,” Oscvirk said.People attend Continuing Education courses from across Niagara, she said.Courses are open to all adults 18 and over. For a full list, see read more

Bafta TV awards Killing Eves Jodie Comer wins best actress in a

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bafta voters chose as best live event the coverage of the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, rather than the BBC’s coverage of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was named best reality show for a series in which Holly Willoughby stood in for Ant McPartlin, who took time off after admitting to drink driving and addiction problems.Louis Theroux won his first Bafta since winning the Richard Dimbleby Award for presenting in 2002, this time for his Altered States documentary. Fiona Shaw won best supporting actress for her role as spy chief Carolyn Martens in Killing Eve, her first Bafta nomination. She called the job “probably the greatest pleasure of my life” and thankedWaller-Bridge for her “glass-shattering genius and wayward imagination”. Patrick Melrose, the Sky Atlantic drama based on the novels of Edward St Aubyn and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, beat A Very English Scandal in the best mini-series category and Cumberbatch beat Hugh Grant to best actor.“I’m used to being a bridesmaid, not the bride,” Cumberbatch said.But Ben Whishaw won best supporting actor for his performance in the latter as Norman Scott, lover of the Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe.Best single drama went to Killed By My Debt, a BBC Three drama based on the life of Jerome Rogers, a 20-year-old motorcycle courier who killed himself after two unpaid £65 traffic fines spiralled to £1,000. If the past 12 months have also seen women promoted to top presenting jobs at the BBC, the Bafta host, Graham Norton, was on hand to poke fun at the corporation’s gender pay gap. Referring to the all-female line-up of Newsnight and Fiona Bruce hosting Question Time, Norton quipped: “It’s not only great for equality, but it saves the BBC a fortune.”Ruth Wilson, whose mini-series Mrs Wilson was among the nominees, said Britain still lags behind the US when it comes to strong female roles.“I think that American TV has had women at the forefront of their TV shows for a long time. We just need to catch up here,” she said. Ruth Wilson criticised the lack of female roles in British TV roles, saying the UK is lagging behind the USCredit:David Fisher/BAFTA/REX/REX jodie comer Show more In a category dominated by women, Julia Davis won the best scripted comedy category for Sally4Ever. Lucy Worsley won the specialist factual award for her documentary on the Suffragettes, and Baroness Bakewell was honoured with the Bafta Fellowship.Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only Bafta category chosen by the public, went to the scene in Bodyguard where Keeley Hawes’ character, Home Secretary Julia Montague, was assassinated. A Doctor Who episode re-telling the story of Rosa Parks was a runner-up. But Hawes said: “I have noticed a change, I think we all have. In terms of content, so much more is being made and so much more is being made with women in mind. They’ve been hugely successful shows, which goes to show it’s what people want.” Ruth Wilson It was the year that women dominated television, from the first female Doctor Who to Killing Eve and the killing off of Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard.The Bafta TV awards stuck to the script, with Killing Eve winning best drama, accepted by its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Bodyguard’s most heart-stopping scene being named the year’s must-see moment.Bafta bent its rules to allow its inclusion, as the drama category is usually restricted to shows that have their premiere in the UK and Killing Eve was first broadcast in the US.The best actress award went to Jodie Comer as Killing Eve’s assassin, beating her co-star Sandra Oh and Hawes.A tearful Comer dedicated the award to her grandmother, who died before the show began. “She never got to see Villanelle but she was the life and soul of everything when she was here. She used to say ‘You get it off me, you know.’ Nana Frances, you were absolutely right all along.” Jodie Comer, who starred in the hit TV series Killing Eve, won the award for best actress at the Bafta TV awards 2019Credit:Grant Pollard/Invision read more