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The Man Who Planted Trees
A tale of generosity – an inspiring story of what can be done by one man to restore life to an environment.
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  Desmond Tutu and HH the 14th Dalai Lama

A Call to Unite Message from His Holiness
Special message from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama read by his friend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Click here for the message

  Botso, the teacher from Tblisi

Botso, The Teacher from Tblisi
The amazing story of nonagenarian Wachtung “Botso” Korisheli – musician, sculptor, beloved teacher to generations and an inspiring example of human resilience.
View documentary for free through May 15

  Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin's Comment on War as a Theme
In the afterword of the pioneering novel, EarthSea: the Wizard of Earthsea, the author Ursula Le Guin explains why she does not use war or military heroes as a framework for her novels.
Click here for the full essay

  tree in wind

Reflection
An original poem by Ibrahim Ibn Salma Click here

Outwitted
A poem by Edwin Markham Click here

  Johan Sebastian Bach

PRISM, IWC's Community Calendar
A calendar of local community events and postings.
A new posting honors Beethoven 250th birthday
Click here for a challenge to 'Push Bach'

  Channel Islands kelp forest

Channel Islands Kelp Forest
Experience one of the richest marine environments in the world with a virtual visit to the Channel Islands Ocean Webcam.
Click here for Live Cam

  Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and street dancer Lil Buck, perform Camille Saint-Saens' "The Swan" at China's National Center for the Performing Arts, part of the U.S.-China Forum on Arts and Culture.
Click here for the video

  Lilacs at Descanso Gardens

Where Nature Meets Culture
A garden is where nature and culture meet. Descanso Gardens is a unique and magical Southern California landscape of rare natural beauty.
Click here to view PBS documentary

  California poppies

California Poppies at Their Best
Live camera of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve's stunning spring display.
Click here to access Live Cam

  Brian Stevenson

We Need to Talk About Justice
In an engaging and personal TED talk, human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, inspiring one of the longest and loudest standing ovations in TED's history.
Click here to access the video

  Aplollo 13 moon view

Apollo 13 Moon Views
IN 1970, the Apollo 13 spacecraft looped around the far side of the moon. New technology has increased the resolution, and it's completely amazing.
Click here to access the video

  Wildflowers

North Campus Open Space
Have you ever visited UCSB's North Campus Open Space? The Cheadle Center for Ecological Restoration and Ecology (CCBER) is an unprecendented restoration project that currently has 1.4 miles of public trails. Click here for more information

 

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streaming
During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of its audience members. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company's 'Live in HD' series is being made available on the Met's website.
Click here to access performances
(scroll down the page for the listings)

  Alma Deutscher

Alma Deutscher Honors Beethoven's 250th Birthday
This year marks the 250th birthday of one of the most revered composers who ever lived. Using themes from his own music, child prodigy Alma Deutscher has written, and plays two waltzes to honor this special occasion.
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  howling wolves

Deep Ecology
In April, 2020 the IWC Study Circle took up the study of Deep Nature. We discovered a number of ways to gain new perspectives and insights into the topic through an understanding of sound dynamics. Click here to watch videos

  birds on a branch
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
A poem by the English poet, Emily Dickinson who describes hope as "the thing with feathers", which keeps so many warm while asking nothing for itself. Click here for the full poem
  Vandana Shiva
Rightlivelihood Webinar Series
The Rightlivelihood Foundation and the Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz are organizing a series of panel discussions. Rightlivelihood Award Recepients Vandana Shiva, Nnimmo Bassey and more speak on current issues relevant to globe.
Click here for panel discussions
  Michael Tilson Thomas
'Keeping Score' with the San Francisco Symphony
Explore the lives of eight influential composers from around the world wth Michael Tilson Thomas.
Click here for demonstration and information
  Turkish villager whistling
People Who Talk Like Birds
Kusköy, Turkey is a remote mountain village with an ancient form of communication–whistling. More than 70 groups around the world whistle to express themselves and it is giving neuroscientists a reason to rething the fundamental organization of the brain.
Click here for demonstration and information
  Cellist
Concerts at Home with Camarata Pacifica
Camarata Pacifica, one of the world's finest chamber music groups, is offering Live Concerts each Sunday for free.
Click here for how to sign up and for other offerings
  Islamic stained glass window

Rumi, Poetry and Sufi Mysticism
The Rumi Education Center in Santa Barbara is hosting monthly webinars on Rumi's greatest work, which embraces the concepts of tolerance, pluralism, humanism and non-violence.
Click here for the full poem



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 











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Soria Moria by Theodor Kittelsen
THEME FOR 2020
The Quest for a Harmonious and
Regenerative World Culture
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WISE MEN OF THE EAST
This story was told by Abraham Lincoln
in Sept 1859

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this, too, shall pass away”. How much it expresses, how chastening in the hour of pride, how consoling in the depths of affliction. And this, too, shall pass away.

And yet, let us hope it is not quite true. Let us hope, rather, that by the best cultivation of the physical world beneath and around us and the best intellectual and moral world within us, we shall secure an individual, social, and political prosperity and happiness whose course shall be onward and upward and which while this earth endures, shall not pass away.