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Free Community Seminar Series

Eastern Classics
Next session Thursday, July 9, 2020

Like the west, the east has its own tradition of influential texts that address the perennial questions of human kind. Centering around the bodies of work from China, Japan, and India, this series will focus on the texts of Taoism, Confucius, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We invite you to join us. 

The July 9 reading is:
Bhagavad Gita - Chapters Seven and Eight

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Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM PDT

Location: 

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Meeting ID: 846 1990 7666

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Russian Short Stories - Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Saturday, July 11 , 2020 

"Oh, what a great sin!" she cried. "How can you! Have mercy on yourself.
To destroy somebody's soul... and worse, your own!..."

July 11 Reading:

Tolstoy, The Forged Coupon
Dostoevsky, The Honest Thief
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Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutors

Kevin Walker and Andy Gilman

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Free Community Seminar Series

The Foundations of Our Republic, Take II

Monday, July 13, 2020

What are the fundamental principles of our Republic? Are these principles based on a view of objective reality/nature, or simply the "consent of the governed"? Depending on how one addresses the previous question: Are these principles changeable, and if so on what grounds? How should one read the founding documents? What authority does the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches have? What are rights? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable?

The July 19 reading is -
The Constitution, Article 1, Sections 3-10
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Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30PM PDT

 

Readings
Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, selected Federalist Papers, selected Anti-Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, selections from Democracy in American, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), selected Lincoln speeches, Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Plessy v. Ferguson and Dissenting View (edited), Brown v. Board of Education, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Proposed Equal Rights Amendment, UN Declaration of Human Rights

 

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Meeting ID: 868 5423 4043

Online Seminar

Series on Love - 
Nicomachean Ethics (Book 8 and 9 edited) by Aristotle

Saturday, July 18, 2020 

Othello said about himself that he “loved not wisely but too well.” It seems that one can love things too much, but can one really love someone too much? Does the answer to that question depend on what is meant by love? Perhaps more fundamentally: are there different kinds of love? This series will devote itself to a discussion of the mystery and majesty of love.

Future Readings in the Series:

Augustine, Sermon on Love
Dostoevsky, A Gentle Creature

Ibsen, A Doll’s House
Shakespeare, Othello

Sigrid Unset, Gunnar’s Daughter
Flannery O’Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First
C.S. Lewis, Four Loves

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Paul O'Reilly

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Series On Marcel Proust - Swann's Way  - Part III -
Combray III, pp. 135-191

Sunday, July 19, 2020 

“One cannot change, that is to say become a different person, while continuing to acquiesce to the feelings of the person one has ceased to be."

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Patricia Locke

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Series on Ocean and Underworld - The Book of Jonah

Saturday, July 25, 2020 

What mysteries are hidden underwater and deep in the underworld? Will one who explores these realms discover ancestors, gods, monsters,... or even oneself? This series will consider the ocean and the underworld as depicted in these classic literary texts.

​The July 25 reading:
The Book of Jonah

Future Readings in the Series:
Aristophanes, The Frogs
Lucian, A True Story
Virgil, Aeneid - Books 3, 4, 5, 6
Cervantes, Don Quixote - The Cave of Montesinos
Dante, Inferno (selections)
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Melville, Moby Dick (selections)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland

​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:
Elizabeth Reyes

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

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Series - Athens and Jerusalem: 
Reason and Revelation - Part III -

Sunday, July 26, 2020 

We invite you to this six-part series, exploring all three Jerusalem faith traditions from the Socratic philosophical perspective focusing on the questions: What does it mean to be good at being human... To live the best human life?

July 26th Reading:

Papal Encyclical Fides et Ratio and Thomas Aquinas on natural law

Future Readings in the Series:

Al Ghazali, The Incoherence of the Philosophers - Discussion 3 and Averroes, Decisive Treatise;

Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, "On the Study of Metaphysics"

Leo Strauss, Mutual Influence of Theology and Philosophy

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Karl Haigler

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Series On Thucydides -
The Peloponnesian War - Book Three

Saturday, August 1, 2020 

Is there an art to writing and reading history? Is a detached view of historical events desirable, or even possible? What does this conflict (431-404 BC) in particular have to teach us. This series will cover all eight books over time, with one two-hour online seminar per book.

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

David Appleby

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Series on Michel de Montaigne, Part II 

Sunday, August 2, 2020 

Montaigne is widely appreciated both for his literary innovations as well as for his contributions to philosophy.  As a writer, he is credited with having developed a new form of literary expression, the essay. As a philosopher, he is best known for his skepticism, which profoundly influenced major figures in philosophy such as Descartes and Pascal. Join us as we explore one of the most important figures of the French Renaissance.

August 2nd Reading:

To the Reader, Of Idleness, Of Solitude, Of Diversion, Of the Art of Discussion

Future Readings in the Series:

Apology for Raymond Sebond, Raymond Sebond, To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die, On Schoolmaster’s Learning, On Practice, On the Armor of the Parthians, On Cato the Younger, On Democritus and Heraclitus, On the Vanity of words, On Books, On the Power of the Imagination, On the art of conversation, Of Experience

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Walter Sterling

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Saturday, August 8, 2020 

“He struggled with himself, too. I saw it -- I heard it. I saw the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself.”

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutors

Barry Rabe and Andy Gilman

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar

Selected Stories of Jorge Luis Borges

Sunday, August 9, 2020 

August 9 Readings:

The Garden of the Forking Paths, The House of Asterion, The Circular Ruins, The Library of Babel, Ragnarok

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutors

Paul Herder and Andy Gilman

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Series On Marcel Proust - Swann's Way  - Part IV -
Swann in Love, pp. 195-260

Saturday, August 15, 2020 

“I have friends wherever there are companies of trees, wounded but not vanquished, which huddle together with touching obstinancy to implore an inclement and pitiless sky."

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Patricia Locke

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Series On Nietzsche - On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

Thursday, August 20 and Thursday, August 27

“The power of gradually losing all feeling of strangeness or astonishment, and finally being pleased at anything, is called the historical sense or historical culture.”

Schedule:

6:00-8:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Roxana Zirakzadeh and Andy Gilman

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Shame - 1968 Film Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Saturday, August 22, 2020 

Shame is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Seminar participants view the film prior to the seminar.

​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:
Peter Rainer

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

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