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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 26 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, 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 Events

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Online Seminar Series

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wednesday, November 29

12:30-2:00PM PST

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

November 29 Reading:

Book One - Chapter Seven
(page 173, Line 3)

Schedule:

12:30-2:00PM PST

Tutor:

Barry Rabe

Online Format:

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Online Seminar Series

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

Saturday, December 2

12:00-2:00PM PST 

These lectures concern the psychological study of individual private religious experiences and mysticism, and use a range of examples to identify commonalities in religious experiences.

December 2 Reading:

Lectures Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen - Saintliness (pages 259-325)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Online Format:

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Online Seminar Series

Leibniz

Sunday, December 3

12:00-2:00PM PST

Leibniz is a prominent figure in both the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. He wrote works on philosophy, theology, ethics, politics, law, history and philology.

December 3 Reading:

Excerpts from the Letters to de Volder (pp. 171-178), "Principles of Nature and Grace, Based on Reason" (pp. 206-213) and The Monadology (pp. 213-225)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:

Carol Seferi

Online Format:

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Agora Foundation Help of Ojai Interview
November 1, 2023

 

The purpose of The Agora Foundation's Ojai Chautauqua panels is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects. In 2023, The Ojai Chautauqua will produce a series of videos addressing the issues Ojai is facing, including water, tourism, housing, education, agriculture, environmentalism, and more. Ojai City Council Members and other civic leaders will be interviewed over the course of the year. 

On November 1, 2023, Andy Gilman and Tom Krause of the Agora Foundation interviewed Megan Telfer and Jayn Walter, Co-Executive Directors of Help of Ojai. The conversation touched on some of the most critical issues the Ojai Valley is facing, including demographic trends, poverty, unhoused people, proposed affordable housing projects, non-profit governance, and much more. Visit www.helpofojai.org for full information on this important endeavor and to learn about what we all can do to help.

 

Please email questions or comments to ojaichat@gmail.com.

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

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

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