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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

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Online Seminar Series

The Golden Bough by James Frazer

Saturday, May 25

12:00-2:00PM PDT

The book attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief and scientific thought, as well as symbols and practices whose influences had extended into 20th-century culture. 

May 25 Reading:

Chapters XIX - Tabooed Acts, XX - Tabooed Persons, XXI - Tabooed Things,
XXIII - Tabooed Words (pages 234-316)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Online Format:

Register to receive the link

Onsite Seminar and Play Performance

Nora (an adaptation of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen)

Sunday, May 26

10:00AM-4:30PM PDT

The Agora Foundation is thrilled to continue its partnership with Antaeus Theatre in Glendale, California, with a stage version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.  

May 26 Reading:

A Doll's House (play in its entirety)
by Henrik Ibsen

Schedule:

10:00AM - 4:30PM

Tutors:

Jordan Hoffman and Andy Gilman

Location:

Antaeus Theatre
110 East Broadway

Glendale, California 91205

Onsite Free Community 
Seminar Series

The Glory of Art - Plotinus on Beauty

Tuesday, May 28

12:00-1:00PM PDT

What is Art? Why does it hold such a central position in humanity’s self-understanding? This semi-monthly series, taking place at the Ojai Library, will explore the work of artists and thinkers through history.

May 28 Reading:

Plotinus - On Beauty

Schedule:

12:00-1:00PM PDT

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Location:

The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, California

Agora Foundation Interview with City Manager Ben Harvey
March 6, 2024

 

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, Tom Krause and Andy Gilman of the Agora Foundation met with Ben Harvey, Ojai’s new City Manager. The conversation ranged from the role and best practices of a city manager to the characteristics of a well-functioning city council. Topics included:

- Priorities on capital improvement and land use,

- Ojai’ similarities with other tourist cities in California,

- How to think about visitors and new residents,

- How can a balance of priorities and pressures be achieved,

- How do we address a middle class under cost-of-living pressures,

- Legal expenses in Ojai,

- The health of our city budget,

- What Ben hopes to accomplish in 2024.

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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