BALL has postponed its 2020 Annual General Meeting. The Board has decided to have it instead on September 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Invitations have been sent to present members via e-mail and the documents that used to be provided at the start of the meeting have been sent to members as links within the e-mail message. The meeting will be held on-line, as a Zoom meeting. We will provide technical help for those who encounter problems. The phone and e-mail contact information for that help was included in the e-mail invitation.
Please note that we only had e-mail addresses for the person who bought tickets, so if you bought tickets on behalf of others, please share the e-mail invitation that you have received so that they can attend the AGM too.
Our AGM guest speaker will be Walter Knox who presented a BALL Special Lecture on Leonard Cohen, Nov. 5, 2018. He will be presenting another side of Mr. Cohen's work.
Leonard Cohen's Album "The Future" (1992)
Leonard Cohen released The Future, an album which was a marked difference in lyrical style from previous work. Drawing from the political upheaval and social unrest which marked this time, he provides remarkable perception into the forces that shape our views of ourselves and the world around us. Three particular songs form the thematic backbone of this work: “The Future” (a sort of spiritual apocalypse), “Democracy” (the promise inherent in this social/political process), and “Anthem” (the consolation to be found in the individual perspective). Leonard Cohen was, like most of us, anxiously concerned with social issues and the condition in which the world finds itself. With insights that are the hallmark of our best writers and his flair with words he draws our attention to what is really at stake in our collective behavior and how we respond to it – spiritually, politically and personally.
Walter Knox, a retired English literature department head, combined his extensive educational experiences with a keen interest in Cohen’s poetic talents. This led to a deeper understanding of the recurrent themes, the refreshing use of language, the spiritual foundations, and the surprising illumination of our interior lives found in the song writer’s recorded works.