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May 18, 2002 2:00–5:00
Progressive Social Change:
Challenges of Creating Matrices for Dissent and Social Transformation
An exploration of challenges—intellectual, psychological, political—encountered by individuals and groups when promoting progressive social change. The capacity of groups to pursue goals of reform or revolutionary change and to exemplify ethical values will be analyzed. To understand the possibilities of, and hindrance to, reform-minded dissent by individuals, examples of heroic dissenters and participants in contemporary revolutions will be highlighted.
Speakers: Patrick O’Donnell and Robert Moore
June 15, 2002 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Lecture and Slide Presentation:
Art and Archeology in the Mediterranean
Slides and commentary on Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek and Roman Sites around the Mediterranean. We will conclude with a look at Athens and the Acropolis artifacts in the National Archeological Museum.
Speaker: Joyce Johnson
July 6, 2002 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Founding Day Lecture:
Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Dorrance
Chair: Joseph Miller
August 17, 2002 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Complexity from Simplicity: The Generation of Mathematical Design
An introduction to designs produced by iterated functions, beginning with the ideas of point, line, plane and route. Feedback loops and iteration using simple functions will be explored. Participants will investigate an astounding variety of beautiful images generated by relatively simple mathematical processes. Led by an enthusiastic and experienced mathematics instructor, Fred Soltysik, participants in this seminar will enjoy a unique opportunity for an enriching afternoon of discovery.
Speaker: Fred Soltysik
Chair: Kim Miller
September 14, 2002 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Write Livelihood: Work Reflected in Poetry, Poetry in Work
Are creativity and necessity really opposites? Poetry is one of the great arts by which humans reflect upon the world and themselves—and part of that reflection has included the world of work. The word “poetry” comes from a Greek root connected with “creativity”. The deepest experience of poetry may cause a permanent change in how we view something. This seminar will look at how diverse individuals such as Whitman, Melville, Emerson, Philip Levine and David Whyte have reflected upon work through poetry. The therapeutics of using poetry to “find one’s voice” will be explored.
Speakers: Cheryl Carter and Joseph Miller
October 12, 2002 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Gandhi on Religion and Practical Brotherhood
This seminar will focus upon Gandhi’s conception of true religion and its distinctive differences from the common notions of religious belief and practice. Rooted in his expansive principles of truth and non-violence, Gandhi’s deep understanding of the ‘religious heart’ and the need for practical brotherhood fostered numerous communal experiments in secular monastic living. His utopian socialist ashrams fused the religious spirit with egalitarian principles in a way that promotes creative encounters in the larger political realm. Gandhi’s emphasis on unconditional vows and their heroic and imaginative translation into the daily round were revolutionary and a harbinger of non-violent, global civilizations of the future.
Speakers: Dr. James Tepfer and Gerry Lewin
November 2, 2002 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Letting The Silence Sing
Phyllis E. Zimmerman, nationally recognized Artistic Director of Canticle A Cappella Choir, will offer her insights into the history, complexity and rich beauty of choral expression. Seminar members will have the opportunity to learn to listen with an intelligent ear.
Speaker: Phyllis E. Zimmerman
Chair: Joseph Miller
November 16, 2002 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Annual Membership Meeting
December 7, 2002 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Islamic Influences in Art and Architecture
An exploration of the mystic roots, graphic and spatial pattern language and living monuments of the Islamic arts and their unique contribution to world culture.
Speakers: Kirk Gradin and Christine Nolt
December 14, 2002 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Reception and Open House
Members and guests gather around for an evening of storytelling and seasonal refreshment. Young, old and in betweeners will delight in listening to engaging tales by a professional storyteller.
Host: Renée Tillotson