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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 26 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, 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, March 2

12:00-2:00PM PST

This ground-breaking text 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 fertility rites, human sacrifice, and many other symbols and practices whose influences had extended into 20th-century culture..

March 2 Reading:

Chapters XI - XVI (pages 163-202)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:

Andy Gilman

Online Format:

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Online Seminar Series

The Laws by Plato

Sunday, March 3

12:00-2:00PM PST

The Laws is Plato's last and longest dialogue. The conversation depicted in the work's twelve books begins with the question of who is given the credit for establishing a civilization's laws. We invite you to join us as we read this often overlooked text, one section at a time, in monthly online events.

March 3 Reading:

Book 1 - Section 3: The Arts in the Service of Education (pages 39-72)

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:

David Appleby

Online Format:

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Online Free Community
Seminar Series

Supreme Court Decisions
Trump v. Anderson (Colorado Case)

Sunday, March 3

2:30-4:30PM PST

The timely final session of the series will focus on the Colorado ballot case currently under review by SCOTUS. The Supreme Court may issue its ruling on the Colorado case immediately before our meeting. How will SCOTUS justices instruct us in interpreting the 14th Amendment and its applicability?

March 3 Readings:

Visit the Coming Events Page to Download

Schedule:

2:30-4:30PM PST

Tutor:

Karl Haigler

Online Format:

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Agora Foundation Ojai Unified School District Interview
November 2, 2023

 

The purpose of The Agora Foundation's Ojai Chautauqua panels is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects. In 2023-2024, The Ojai Chautauqua will produce a series of videos addressing the issues Ojai is facing, including water, tourism, housing, education, agriculture, environmentalism, and more. Ojai City Council Members and other civic leaders will be interviewed over the course of the year. 

Please view our November 2023 interview with Ojai Unified School District. The conversation ranged from student enrollment, housing and employment in the Ojai Valley, performance, community involvement, and future plans. Interview Participants: Atticus Reyes - OUSD Board President, Sherrill Knox - OUSD Superintendent, Andy Gilman - Agora Foundation Director, Tom Krause - Agora Foundation Board President. Visit www.ojaiusd.org to learn more.

 

Please email questions or comments to ojaichat@gmail.com.

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

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

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