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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.

 

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 Regular Events

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Online Seminar Series

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wednesday, August 10

12:00-1:30PM PDT

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 one chapter at a time, every other Wednesday afternoon,

Reading:

Book One - Chapter Three of Finnegans Wake by Joyce

Schedule:

12:00-1:30PM PDT

Tutor:

Barry Rabe

Online Format:
Register to receive the link

Online Seminar

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Saturday, August 13

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Considered a classic of the Harlem Renaissance, the 1937 novel explores gender, the value of women, destiny, and liberation from racial history, violence, and blind conformity.

Reading:

Their Eyes Were Watching God 

Entire work

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Tutors:

Elizabeth Reyes and Andy Gilman

Online Format:
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Online Seminar Series

Anguish and the Absurd

1984 (part one) by George Orwell

12:00-2:00PM PDT

This series will explore the troubling world of the absurd through the writings of Kafka, Gogol, Camus, Sartre, Borges, Beckett, Bulgakov, Orwell, Foucault, and others.

Reading:

1984 by George Orwell
Part One

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Tutors:

Paul Herder and Andy GIlman

Online Format:
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View the November 14, 2020 Online Special Music Event
From Lugubrious to Luminous: Words about Music
(and where they take us!)

View the May 28, 2020 Ojai Chautauqua Panel - The Future of Education After COVID-19.

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

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