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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 Free Community Events

Finding Eurydice, Then and Now

 

Monday, November 29 - 5:30-7:00PM PST -
Seminar and Discussion, Elizabeth Reyes Ph.D. and Matthew Aucoin (SOLD OUT)

 

Thursday, December 2 - 5:30-7:00PM PST - Conversation with Matthew Aucoin, Ara Guzeliman, and Elizabeth Reyes (OPEN)

The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has engaged the western imagination through love, power, error, and grief. 

Explore the myth through the writings of Ovid and Virgil, and discuss the new opera Eurydice and the forthcoming book The Impossible Art - Adventures in Opera

Online Format:

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Online Seminar Series

Lunchtime with Ulysses 
by James Joyce

Wednesday, December 1

12:00-1:30PM PST

Ulysses is considered among the most important works of modernist literature. We invite you to join us on this long lunchtime journey as we slowly and carefully work through Ulysses, one or two chapters per month. 

Reading:

Chapter Fifteen: Circe
(3/3 - pp 444-497 end of chapter) 

Schedule:

12:00-1:30PM PST

Tutor:

Barry Rabe

Online Format:
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Online Seminar Series

Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise 
by Toni Morrison

Sunday, December 5

12:00-2:00PM PST

Paradise is the third of three novels about love and African-American history. Morrison said that they are intended to be read together, explaining, "The conceptual connection is the search for the beloved – the part of the self that is you, and loves you, and is always there for you." 

Reading:

Paradise -  pages 81-138

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:

Patricia Locke

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.