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Upcoming Online Events

The Agora Foundation is a nonsectarian 501(c)3 non-profit endeavor, providing great books seminars and other educational opportunities to those who are busy with careers, families, and daily responsibilities yet are seeking to further their education. The goal of these offerings is to provide an understanding of the ideas that shape civilizations and to promote civil discourse on complicated subjects. The Agora Foundation has facilitated over 1,000 great books seminars and teacher trainings, covering a wide variety of topics including literature, philosophy, political science, theology, history, art, psychology, and more, featuring ancient and modern texts from around the world. In addition to seminars, since 2014 Agora has produced 31 panels, gatherings, and video interviews, promoting civil discourse on controversial and complicated subjects. Hundreds of these events can be freely viewed and listened to on this website.


Generously funded by The Ahmanson Foundation, Southern California Edison, The Shanbrom Family Foundation, the Ventura County Community Foundation, the WRG Foundation, the Constance Eaton and William Hart Fund, the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Ojai, CIty of Ojai, and private donations, the Teachers for Lifelong Learning Program provides training to high school teachers in this engaging approach to learning, and The Ojai Chautauqua provides panels promoting civil discourse on controversial and complicated subjects. 

Upcoming Regular Events


Onsite Free Community 
Seminar Series

Eastern Classics - Tao Te Ching

Tuesday, June 18

12:00-1:00PM PDT

Like the west, the east has its own tradition of influential texts that address the perennial questions of human kind. Centering around the bodies of work from China, Japan, and India, this series will focus on the texts of Taoism, Confucius, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

June 18 Reading:

Tao Te Ching - Chapter 9


12:00-1:00PM PDT


Andy Gilman


The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, California

Online Seminar Series

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wednesday, June 19

12:30-2:00PM PDT

A story with no real beginning or end, the work has come to assume a preeminent place in English literature. Published in 1939, the book would take Joyce two decades to complete. Join us as we read this text a few pages at a time, every other Wednesday afternoon.

June 19 Reading:

Book Two - Chapter One of Finnegans Wake by Joyce (page 249, Line 20)


12:30 - 2:00PM


Barry Rabe

Online Format:

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Online Contemporary Issues Seminar Series

The Gene - An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2017)

Saturday, June 22

12:00-2:00PM PDT

The book chronicles the history of the gene, all the way from Aristotle to Crick, Watson and Franklin and then the 21st century scientists who mapped the human genome.

June 22 Reading:

Part Three - The Dreams of Geneticists - Crossing Over, The New Music, Einsteins on the Beach, Clone or Die
(pages 201-252)


12:00 - 2:00PM


Andy Gilman

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Agora Foundation Interview with Dan Parziale of Mesa Farm
May 7, 2024


On May 7, 2024, Andy Gilman and Tom Krause of the Agora Foundation interviewed Dan Parziale, Executive Director of Mesa Farm. The conversation ranged from the project’s beginning and goals for young adults in Ventura County, to broader causes of homelessness and the value of community. Mesa is opening in June 2024, with a community open house on June 8. Learn more and become involved -

Andy Gilman - Motivation for the Agora Foundation - Interview with Andra Belknap
Fall 2023


In fall 2023, Andra Belknap, writer, thinker, and principal of This Little Valley met with Andy Gilman, director of the Agora Foundation. The conversation ranged from curriculum, careful reading, civil discourse, and much more. View more topics here.

An Introduction to The Agora Foundation. What is liberal education? 

An Introduction to The Agora Foundation's Ojai Chautauqua Panels.

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