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Read the January/February 2019 Issue of Ventana Magazine - Respectfully Disagree

Read the January 4, 2019 article in the  Ventura County Star - Ojai group tackles weighty topics...

Read the November 20, 2017 article in the  Ventura County Star - Ojai group tackles the future of tourism

Video

View the July 25, 2019 Ojai Chautauqua Panel Series

on Education - What is Education For? 

View Adventurous Listening: A Prelude to the
Ojai Music Festival
- May 18, 2019

View the September 30, 2018 Ojai Chautauqua Panel
The Future of Water in the Ojai Valley - Part III

Elizabeth Reyes and Andy Gilman 

The Feminine - Chaucer, Shakespeare, de Beauvoir

View the July 28, 2019 Ojai Chautauqua Panel

Is Legal Cannabis Good for Ojai?

View the March 30, 2019 Ojai Chautauqua Panel

Preparing for the Next Wildland Fire 

Paul O'Reilly and And Gilman discuss the value of

reading The Book of Genesis, even for non-believers

The Stewardship in the Ojai Valley Panel -

Live Streamed on Thursday, August 2nd. 

Audio and More

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of Billy Budd - Seminar and Film - August 10, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of Billy Budd - Seminar and Film - August 10, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of Billy Budd - Seminar and Film - August 10, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Seminar and Play - August 4, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Seminar and Play - August 4, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Seminar and Play - August 4, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche Part Two - August 3, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche Part Two - August 3, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche Part Two - August 3, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche Part Two - August 3, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche Part Two - August 3, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche Part Two - August 3, 2019

Workshop presentation

On June 30, 2019, The Agora Foundation was pleased to host Ojai Unified School District and incoming superintendent Tiffany Morse as she presented Engage to Impact - the first in a series on growth and innovation in Ojai public schools. It was an inspiring event and a great turnout. Visit the OUSD website to learn about future events in the series.

Listen to a short sample of the conversation
on June 30, 2019

Ken Robinson: Changing Paradigms -
A starting point for the conversation.

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of An Inquiry of Nature - Newton and Einstein - June 15, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of An Inquiry of
Nature
- Newton and Einstein - June 15, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of An Inquiry of
Nature
- Newton and Einstein - June 15, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of An Inquiry of
Nature
- Newton and Einstein - June 15, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of An Inquiry of
Nature
- Newton and Einstein - June 15, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of An Inquiry of
Nature
- Newton and Einstein - June 15, 2019

An Inquiry of Nature
Selections from Newton and Einstein

Special Frames of Reference
 

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen - June 1, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen - June 1, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen - June 1, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen - June 1, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen - June 1, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen - June 1, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt - May 19, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt - May 19, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt - May 19, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt - May 19, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt - May 19, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of Responsibility and Judgement by Hannah Arendt - May 19, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899 - May 18, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899 - May 18, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899 - May 18, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899 - May 18, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899 - May 18, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899 - May 18, 2019

Adventures in Listening Morning Seminar Materials.pdf

Adventures in Listening 
Optional Morning Seminar Materials.pdf

Adventures in Listening Afternoon Seminar Materials.pdf

Adventures in Listening 
Optional Afternoon 
Seminar Materials.pdf

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche - April 20, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche - April 20, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche - April 20, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche - April 20, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche - April 20, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche - April 20, 2019

Listen to Part One of The Miser by Molière -
April 14, 2019

Listen to Part Two of The Miser by Molière - ​
April 14, 2019

Listen to Part Three of The Miser by Molière -
April 14, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of One Hundred Years of Solitude - April 6, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of One Hundred Years of Solitude - April 6, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of One Hundred Years of Solitude - April 6, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of One Hundred Years of Solitude - April 6, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of One Hundred Years of Solitude - April 6, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of One Hundred Years of Solitude - April 6, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar One - of The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Two - of Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Three - of The Death of Ivan Ilych - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Three - of The Death of Ivan Ilych - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part Three - Seminar Three - of The Death of Ivan Ilych - March 23, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Four - of The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoyevsky  - March 23, 2019

Listen to the lecture The Spirit of Russia by James Carey

Listen to the question and answer period following the lecture.

Listen to the concluding musical performance by Nevenka.

Listen to Part One - of The Dead by James
Joyce  - Film and text pairing - March 2, 2019

Listen to Part Two - of The Dead by James
Joyce  - Film and text pairing - March 2, 2019

Listen to Part Three - of The Dead by James
Joyce  - Film and text pairing - March 2, 2019

Download the story The Dead
by James Joyce.

View the last ten minutes of The Dead.
1987 directed by John Huston.

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Book of Ecclesiastes  - February 23, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Book of Ecclesiastes  - February 23, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of The Book of Ecclesiastes  - February 23, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of The Book of Ecclesiastes  - February 23, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of Structural Anthropology - by Levi-Strauss  - January 26, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of Structural Anthropology - by Levi-Strauss  - January 26, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Structural Anthropology - by Levi-Strauss  - January 26, 2019

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Structural Anthropology - by Levi-Strauss  - January 26, 2019

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  - December 8, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath  - December 8, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of Revelation

by Flannery O'Connor  - December 8, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of Revelation

by Flannery O'Connor  - December 8, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Book of Genesis 1-25  - December 1, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Book of Genesis 1-25  - December 1, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of The Book of Genesis 1-25  - December 1, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of The Book of Genesis 1-25  - December 1, 2018

Listen to Part One of The Lady with the Dog
film and text pairing - November 18, 2018

Listen to Part Two of The Lady with the Dog
film and text pairing - November 18, 2018

Download the story The Lady with the Dog
by Anton Chekhov.

The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov.
View the trailer for the 1960 film directed
by Iosif Kheifits.

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Analects of Confucius  - November 3, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Analects of Confucius  - November 3, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of The Analects of Confucius  - November 3, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of The Analects of Confucius  - November 3, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus - October 13, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus - October 13, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus - October 13, 2018

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus - October 13, 2018

Listen to Part One - Seminar One - of On the Feminine - Chaucer, Shakespeare - September 22

Listen to Part One - Seminar Two - of On the Feminine - Simone de Beauvoir - September 22

Listen to Part Two - Seminar One - of On the Feminine - Chaucer, Shakespeare - September 22

Listen to Part Two - Seminar Two - of On the Feminine - Simone de Beauvoir - September 22

Listen to the September 9th, 2018 Cervantes and Don Quixote seminar - Part One

Listen to the September 9th, 2018 Cervantes and Don Quixote seminar - Part Two

Listen to the September 9th, 2018 Cervantes and Don Quixote seminar - Part Three

Humanity's Place in the Natural World

July 31 - August 3, 2018 - Listen to Andy Gilman
kick off the four-day intensive

Listen Seminar One - Part One - Book Six of On the Nature of Things by Lucretius

Listen Seminar One - Part Two - Book Six of On the Nature of Things by Lucretius

Listen Seminar Two - Part One - of The New Organon by Francis Bacon

Listen Seminar Two - Part Two - of The New Organon by Francis Bacon

Listen to evening conversation with Brian Stafford, founder of Eco-Psyche-Artistry

Listen to Seminar Three - Part One - of Nature Emerson and Walking by Thoreau 

Listen to Seminar Three - Part Two - of Nature Emerson and Walking by Thoreau 

Listen to Seminar Four - Part One - The Nobility of Sight by Hans Jonas

Listen to Seminar Five - Part One - Poetry by Mary Oliver

Listen to Seminar Five - Part Two - Poetry by Mary Oliver

Listen to Jeff Welsh conclude the four-day intensive