Program for 2006
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Theme for 2006

Creativity, Wisdom and Culture
Mysterious in origin and unpredictable in results, creativity is the source of human culture as it inspires and guides the expression of imagination, values and perceptions of truth. Great myths suggest that creative ability is a divine gift enabling the artist or the visionary to transmit wisdom and beauty into human life. When linked to reason, creativity may stimulate a dialectic between thinking and feeling, understanding and intuition, the conscious and unconscious, the explicit and implicit representation of beauty, truth and goodness. Creativity has been described also as the "dark faculty," transcending the light of reason, defying understanding, revolutionary, vivifying. It is also descructive to inertia, complacency and attachment to established forms and modalities. True creativity is fresh and non-imitative, because it looks with the eye of understanding into the essence and principles of things. Finding the flow of life from the invisible to the visible, creativity becomes wisdom in action. Inquiry into the prospects and possibilities for a world civilization of the future invites a generous receptivity to the fruits of creativity – past, present and future. All the aims of the Institute are pathways to discovery of the rich variety of artistry and values embedded in the cultural inheritance of humankind. Sifting through this variety with an eye to what transcends the parochial and serves enduring human needs, creative insight leads to a shared vision of progress and human fellowship. With the touch of wisdom, creativity can assist in the "emergence of men and women of universal culture, capable of continuous growth in non-violence of mind, generosity of heart and harmony of soul."

Exhibition and Discussion:
Portraits of the World's Peoples (1840–1880)
Saturday, January 7, 2006
1:00–2:45 pm
Exhibition–Santa Barbara Museum of Art
3:00– 4:00 pm
Discussion–Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
This exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art runs through January 8, 2006. It highlights the first known photographs of peoples on nearly every continent and reflects the dazzling variety and complexity of the human community. After viewing the remarkable portraits, participants are invited to return to Concord House for tea and discussion of the exhibit.

The Creative Process

Saturday, January 21, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenters: Phyllis Zimmerman, Joseph Miller and Carol Bemis
Join us for a panel discussion of the creative process and sources of inspiration. Consider the relationship of creativity, wisdom and culture. Learn about the work creative experience of Phyllis Zimmerman, founder of Canticle A Capella Choir, Joe Miller, writer/director of Walt Whitman, Radical Patriot, Carol Bemis, portrait artist, and Kevin Gleason, painter with a love of nature. Ask what you've always wondered about how artists create their work.
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Interpreting Baroque Art
Saturday, February 11, 2006
2:00–4:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Joyce Johnson
This seminar will explore the social, religious and historical significance of this extraordinary art with visual examples from the most gifted architects, painters and sculptors of the era. Illustrations of the theatrical qualities of Baroque art will be contrasted with Classical and Renaissance styles and themes.

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Original Film and Discusssion:
Dali and Gaudi: Mythic Space
Saturday, February 25, 2006
7:30–9:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenters: Russ Lewin and Kirk Gradin

A presentation of an original 40 minute film that probes the work of two remarkable Spaniards: Salvador Dali and Antoni Gaudi. Although one was an artist and the other an architect, both created visually stunning works that allowed viewers to see from a different perspective that challenged the conventional viewpoint. The film orbits around three overarching areas that seem to integrate their work: nature and organic form, myth and symbol, and inspiration and faith. After watching the film, viewers will be invited to discuss perspectives and raise questions for collective consideration.
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Learning from Nature's Creativity in Crisis

Saturday, March 4, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris

Evolution biologist and futurist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris helps us discover an updated scientific model of nature as a living, self-organizing universe in dynamic balance and an evolutionary process in which hostile competition gives way to mature collaboration. Revealing Nature's own secrets of success permits us to see clearly that the globalization of humanity is a natural, biological, evolutionary process. Creative insights within this process enable us to overcome current obstacles to healthy survival and ensure that our global family and all other species will thrive.
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Book Forum:
The Universe in a Single Atom

Saturday, March 18, 2006
4:00–6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Kim Miller

Kim MIller will offer a report on a recent book by the Dalai Lama, The Universe in a Single Atom–The Convergence of Science and Spirituality. This book explores the presence of spiritual intelligence in the material building blocks of nature. Participants are welcome to ask questions and explore the significance of the book's theme.
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Music Performance Field Trip :
Master Chorale Performance of "Canto General"

Saturday, April 1, 2006
8:00–9:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara

A performance by the Santa Barbara Master Choral at the First Presbyterian Church offers an original musical interpretation by composer Theodrakis of the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Group ticket purchase and carpooling available.

Storytelling from Ancient New Zealand:
Land of the Old Tides

Saturday, April 22, 2006
Open House with coffee and tea and meet the storyteller – 6:30-7:30 pm
Seminar and storytelling – 7:30–9:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Barry Brailsford

New Zealand professor, historian, archaeologist and author Barry Brailsford shares his experiences and stories garnered from the Maori and Waitaha elders. By retelling their ancient stories and myths, he conveys a deep understanding of the power and potency of the living culture permeating the islands of New Zealand. Some of Barry Brailsford’s books include Song of Waitaha, Song of the Old Tides, Chronicles of The Stone, The Tatooed Land, Song of the Circle, and Greenstone Trails.

Biographical Note: Barry Brailsford was taken into the realms of the ancient and sacred knowledge. Born in Mawhera, the ancient anchorage of the great navigator and stone worker Poutini, and nurtured by the wild coastlines and forested mountains of Westland, New Zealand he knew a childhood where the spirit soared. He graduated MA (Hons) from Canterbury University, was a member of the NZ Archaeology Association Council and a Principal Lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education. In 1990 he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to education and Maori scholarship.
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Institute of Reverential Ecology
Fourth Annual Retreat

Ecology, Art and Activism
Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 28, 29, 30, 2006
Zaca Lake, California
A three-day dialogue at Zaca Lake will focus on how the arts and activist movements can contribute to the building of a sustainable society. Expected guests include artists Michael Green (The Illustrated Rumi) and Adam Wolpert; designer Jay Harmond, authors Wendell Berry, Michael Ableman, and Gary Snyder; Resurgence magazine editor Satish Kumar; human rights activists Vandana Shiva, Tom Hayden, and the Reverend James Lawson; and ecological activists Wes Jackson and Annuradha Mittal. For program, costs and directions:

Dramatic Reading:

Saturday, May 6, 2006
2:00–4:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
A dramatic reading of a new play by playwright Robert I. Reynolds. This play suggests the compatibility of science and religion that flourished in Islamic cultures during an age of enlightenment around 1000 CE. Set in New Cairo, the play's heroes, Avicenna, "The Price of Physicians," and Alhazen, founder of classical physics, meet the female Sufi teacher Fatima al-Kashf, and do battle for their souls, armed only with the belief that there are no greater human qualities than love, freedom of mind and a courageous sense of humor.
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From Paper to Porcelain:
The Significance and Symbolism of the Materials in Asian Art

Saturday, May 20, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Meher MacArthur
Meher MacArthur, author of a new book, The Arts of Asia: Materials,Techniques, Styles, will discuss some of the major materials used to create art in Asia over the centuries and the significance and symbolism of these materials in various Asian cultures. The value of materials such as jade and bamboo from the perspective of Chinese and Japanese culture will be explained.
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Book Forum:
Secrets of the Talking Jaguar:
Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village

Saturday, June 3, 2006
4:00–6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Ingrid Head
Ingrid Head will offer a report with selected readings from this poetically eloquent story from the shores of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Martín Prechtel's book offers a privileged and rate glimpse into the complex and spiritually rich life of a contemporary Mayan village and chronicles the author's shamanic "journey to the heart of the indigenous soul".
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Field Trip:
Journey to the Getty Villa in Malibu
Saturday, June 24, 2006
8:30 am–5:00 pm
Meet at Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara for bus transport to the Villa
Coordinator: Carolyn Dorrance
Creativity in classical Greek arts will be explored with the aid of guided tours of two informative exhibits at the newly renovated Getty Villa in Malibu. The exhibits are Multi-colored Glass Making in Antiquity and The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases.
Charter bus transportation is required for entrance to the museum. The cost per person is estimated to be $22–$35.
For more information, contact the coordinator at 805/967-1055 or email carolyn@
To register via email, click the following link and enter the name, mailing address, phone number and email address of each person wishing to participate.
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Founding Day Address:
Creating a Republic of Conscience
Saturday, July 1, 2006
7:30–9:00 pm
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Mr. Frank K. Kelly
Founded July 4, 1976, the Institute of World Culture will honor its 30th anniversary with peace visionary Frank K. Kelly delivering the Founding Day address.  As the co-founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and former vice-president of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Mr. Kelly draws upon a lifetime of experience in public dialogue and social activism.  Mr. Kelly will share his constructive insight on the creation of a Republic of Conscience. He will address the question: how can ordinary citizens promote peace, justice and human rights to fulfill the promise of the American founders’ vision and respond to the challenges of global interdependence?  Mr. David Russell, director for the Oral History Project at UCSB and biographer for Frank Kelly, will introduce the speaker and his exemplary and extensive life of service, including among others his work as speechwriter to President Truman and later staff director of the Senate Majority Policy Committee.
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"The principle of an equality of rights is clear and simple. Every man can understand it, and it is by understanding his rights that he learns his duties; for where the rights of man are equal, every man must, finally, see the necessity of protecting the rights of others, as the most effectual security for his own."
-- Thomas Paine

Film Series:
July Film Series

Saturdays in July, 2006 at 7:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Coordinator: Robert Moore
Time will be allowed after each film for discussion.
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July 8
A Film by Akira Kurosawa (1990)

A visual masterpiece of 8 short stories and parables, it explores humanity's need to harmonize with nature and the tragic costs of its failures.
July 15
A Film by John Boorman (1974)

This film depicts a futuristic society with a stark contrast between "Intellectuals" and "Brutals," and connects creativity and culture with death and regeneration. Starring Sean Connery, with sound track from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

July 22
My Dinner with André
A Film by Luis Malle (1981)
A simple, but surprisingly compelling, conversation between two friends at a restaurant – a portrait of creativity in personal life.
Wallace Shawn's and André Gregory's soul-searching illuminates the relationship between meaning and experience,
pragmatism and idealism.
July 29
Death in Venice
A Film by Luchino Visconti (1971)

An exploration of the source of beauty in art. This film is an adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel. The film loosely bases its main character on the life of the distinguished composer/conductor Gustav Mahler, whose Fifth and Third Symphonies were adapted as background music for the film.


Gamelan Music & Indonesian Dancers
Sunday July 16, 2006
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara

To raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia, "Gamelan Sinar Surya" (Rays of the Sun), the Indonesian Gamelan music and dance company mentored by Mr. Richard North will offer this concert. The group plans to perform perform traditional Javanese gamelan music and dance from the ancient kingdom of Cirebon (pronounced "CHEER- bone"). Suggested donation of $10 (any amount welcome) will go directly to Direct Relief International, a local nonprofit organization that is currently assisting victims in Indonesia.
Sponsored by the Institute of World Culture and Gamelan Sinar Surya.
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Human Habitat in Mega-Cities
Saturday, August 19, 2006
4:00–6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Maruice Bisheff
A report on the World Habitat Forum sponsored by the United Nations in June, 2006. Institute member, Dr. Maurice Bisheff, will share what he learned about world trends and human needs arising from the current vast migration toward urban life, mostly into mega-cities. Sample literature from the Conference will be displayed, and discussion encouraged on the challenges of providing public services to vast populations of low income and ethnically diverse populations.
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Credit, photo right: Hamilton Naturalists’ Club.


The Muse in the Music:
The Era of the Singer-Songwriter

Saturday, September 16, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm Seminar with recorded and live music
6:30–8:30 pm Original live music by local song writers
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Gerry Kiffe

Listen to and discuss the artistry and poetry of seminal singer-song writers of the 1960s, 70s and 80s who wrote the song tracks for their time. Reflect upon the lonely pursuit of excellence in the creative act of songwriting. Explore the mysterious capacity of songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon to creatively express the psychological andsocial experience of their generation.
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Environmentalism as Spiritual Practice
Saturday, September 30, 2006
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenters: Marc McGinnes and Lori Pye

Two committed environmentalists will lead a workshop on how a more enlightened relationship between human beings and the environment can restore our global ecosystem and nurture clearer, more compassionate states of mind. Special attention will be given to how a new paradigm about nature might lead to a new paradigm for healing both the earth and the human psyche. For more information on Dr. McGinnes:
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Annual Membership Meeting:
Brainstorming the 2007 Program
Saturday September 30, 2006
7:30–9:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Join us for the annual membership meeting and help brainstorm an exciting program for 2007.
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Cooking Series:
The Art of Cooking

Saturday, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2006
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Coordinator: Jenny Bisheff
A series of four classes in the art of cooking developed in four different cultures of the world. Participants will learn about the culture that nurtures the cuisine and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Preregistration and $10 fee for each class is required; space is limited. For more information email: or call 805/967-1055.
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The Religious and Political Philosophy of Tom Paine
Saturday, October 14, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speakers: Maurice Bisheff and Jim Tepfer

The philosophical principles and universal vision of Tom Paine will be explained by Drs. Jim Tepfer and Maurice Bisheff in a way that connects Paine's views about religion with his call for freedom in a Republic of Conscience. The use of Paine's principles to create meaningful reform and express the conscience of a nation will be explored.
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World Food Day Observance
Dinner and Benefit

Saturday, October 28, 2006
6:00–9:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Celebrate the bounty of the world's harvest with a potluck dinner while contributing to the well-being of those who do not yet share in that bounty. In addition to your potluck dish (enough to feed 4-6 people), please bring monetary or canned food donations for the hungry of our community. You are also invited from 4:00 - 5:30 that day to help prepare traditional Mexican delicacies in the IWC kitchen for the potluck. RSVP Carolyn 967-1055.
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Musician of the 20th Century

Saturday, November 4, 2006
4:00–6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Robert Moore
Listen to famed cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973) tell, in his own words and voice, about his life in music and his quest for world peace. Excerpts from his master classes at UC Berkeley will also be included. Casal's voice is as musical as his music. There will be time for discussion.
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Creative Activism in a Global Community

Saturday, November 18, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speakers: Jean Weidemann and Briana Lawrie
Learn how active engagement in promoting human welfare around the world requires creativity in thought and practice. Representatives of non-governmental organizations will share their experience with the challenges of global citizenship and point the way toward future projects. Jean Weiderman will share her international experience in food and agriculture, education/curriculum development for institutions of higher learning and family planning/population issues. Her focus will be on micro lending, a form of creative global activism that fights poverty by using small loans to help build businesses. Mohamed Yunus founded Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and recently received the Nobel Peace prize for pioneering this technology. Learn what makes the best programs successful from Jean Weidemann, one of the first wave of specialists in micro lending and author of over 40 publications including Supporting Women’s Livelihoods: Microfinance that Works for the Majority. Dr. Weidemann is well known globally for her work in micro lending in Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past 21 years. She will focus on the nuances of lending to women and promoting small scale entrepreneurship in developing countries. Briana Lowrie will share her experiences organizing thousands of women for global activism. Briana Lawrie is the Director and Founder of Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) in Santa Barbara. RAWA is a project of International Humanities Center (IHC). Her focus is upon social and political activism to bring freedom and opportunities to the women of Afghanistan.
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Creating Culture with Puppets
Saturday, December 2, 2006
2:00–5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenters: Richard North,
Director of the Santa Barbara-based
Indonesian music ensemble Gamelan Sinar Surya
and Isabella Irlandini, Art Teacher, Waldorf School
An exploration of the use of puppets to create and transmit cultural values is the focus of this seminar. Discussion will include the art and meaning of puppetry in Indonesian culture.
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Annual Holiday Reception
Saturday, December 16, 2006
7:00–9:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Join us for the annual gathering for fellowship and the celebration of birth and renewal with the turning of the old into a new year. Enjoy a sumptuous table of international sweets and savories and musical entertainment by classical guitarist, Bruno Panunzio. Please contact Carol Bemis at 963-3437 or Ingrid Head at if you would like to bring a tasty contribution.