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Agora Foundation - Seminar Series Nov 1,

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

Epistemology of Spinoza

Thursday, April 11

12:00-1:30PM PDT

The Ethics by Spinoza was written between 1661 and 1675 and was first published posthumously in 1677. The book is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to apply the method of Euclid in philosophy. The online series will take place over eight afternoon online seminars.

April 11 Reading:

Part I, Propositions 16-36
and Appendix (pp. 43-62)

Schedule:

12:00-1:30PM PDT

Tutor:

Carol Seferi

Online Format:

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Online Seminar Series

Varieties of Religious Experience
by William James

Saturday, April 13

12:00-2:00PM PDT

These lectures concern the psychological study of individual private religious experiences, and use a range of examples to identify commonalities in religious experiences across traditions. Join us as we work through these lectures, with online seminars taking place about one month apart. . 

April 13 Reading:

Lectures Sixteen and Seventeen - 
Mysticism (pages 379-429)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Online Format:

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Online Seminar Series

The Golden Bough by James Frazer

Sunday, April 14

12:00-2:00PM PDT

The Golden Bough - A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging investigation of mythology, religion, and ritual. First published in 1890, the book attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief and scientific thought, discussing symbols and practices whose influences had extended into 20th-century culture.  

April 14 Reading:

Chapters XVII - The Burden of Royalty, XVIII - The Perils of the Soul (pages 202-233)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Online Format:

Register to receive the link

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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