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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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Onsite Free Community 
Seminar Series

Eastern Classics - Tao Te Ching

Tuesday, July 16

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. This series will focus on the texts of Taoism, Confucius, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We invite you to join us and attendees can feel free to join intermittently.

July 16 Reading:

The Tao Te Ching -
Chapters Eleven and Twelve

Schedule:

12:00-1:00PM PDT

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Location:

The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, California

Online Seminar Series

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wednesday, July 17

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.

July 17 Reading:

Book Two - Chapter Two of Finnegans Wake by Joyce (page 260, Line 1)

Schedule:

12:30 - 2:00PM

Tutor:

Barry Rabe

Online Format:

Register to receive the link

Online Seminar Series

The Descent of Man 
by Charles Darwin

Saturday, July 20

12:00-2:00PM PDT

Published in 1871, this text applies evolutionary theory to human evolution, and details the theory of sexual selection, a form of biological adaptation connected with natural selection. The book discusses evolutionary psychology, evolutionary ethics, and the relevance of the evolutionary theory to society.

July 20 Reading:

Part III - Chapters 19-20 
Sexual Selection in Relation to Man - pages 621-675

Schedule:

12:00 - 2:00PM

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Online Format:

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Agora Foundation Interview with the Ojai Historic Preservation Commission
May 2024

 

At the end of May, 2024, Andy Gilman of the Agora Foundation interviewed Craig Walker, Gina McHatton, and Brian Aikens of the Ojai Historic Preservation Commission. The interview is split into two parts, this video being the first. The conversation ranged from the goals of the commission, the evolving process of choosing commissioners, historic designations and the general district areas, and some particular projects. Educational goals, efforts of communication, and some wonderful Ojai stories are also included. Soon part two will publish, which will include the efforts to achieve balance, the Mills Act, details on specific projects, and the principle of preservation with adaptive reuse. Historic Preservation Commission website - Click 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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