MESSAGE FROM THE IWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Welcome back to another season of programs at the Institute of World Culture. We hope your summer was refreshing. The Fall program will continue the theme for this year Freedom and Fellowship in a Changing World in pursuit of Aim # 10 of the Declaration of Interdependence. Daily the news brings us vivid and tragic reports of change and challenges around the globe. Humanity is on the march, but is encountering horrible resistance to its efforts to bring greater freedom and justice into societies. The aim of the Institute, of course, is to plant and nurture seeds of change that will bring peaceful and constructive opportunities into the lives of all. To better understand changes coming directly into our lives, a particular focus this Fall will be the challenges and benefits brought by migration and immigration. New patterns of diversity are changing the social fabric and the psychological experience of both those who migrate and those who encounter newcomers in their daily lives. Speakers and films will explore the search for new identities and the types of assimilation or alienation that immigrants are
experiencing. A key question is does this global phenomenon of migration promote the emergence of
world culture. If so, in what ways?
The Fall program will also include explorations of space. We will begin this season with a look at the social space created by intentional communities and a commitment to equality with policies such as the Guaranteed Annual Income. Later we will look at the space created by architecture, particularly with the use of the circle to shape our experience in public space. Then we’ll take a journey into cyberspace aided by the fascinating tools of cyberscience. The season concludes with a look at the psychological and physiological impact on the health of individuals struggling to survive and bearing witness to the
violence and injustice in contemporary global life. A path of healthy citizenship will be indicated.