Institute of World Culture

Theme for 2007
Transformation for the Future

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Essay on the Theme:

The Way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing
receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony.”
                                                                                               – I Ching

Fearless Transformation for the Future is the theme chosen for the 2007 program at the Institute of World Culture. Transformation requires both creative imagination and deliberate design to re-form resources that already exist into something new and freshly relevant. By discovering new potentials in old forms, one can preserve and use the best accomplishments of the past while responding to newly perceived needs, values and ideals. Transformation should enable transforming experience, but fearlessness is required as old attachments to attitudes and relationships are broken. Transformation may release the hidden potential in individuals or give birth to a social vision that inspires and guides a whole people to greater wisdom and better therapeutic practices. In a society where a transforming impulse is strong, new and far-reaching, efforts to care for the natural environment are more likely.
To engage in fearless transformation, one must be like a traveler in outer space who is freed from the force of gravity but required to move through a process of risk and discovery in very careful and precise ways. Enthusiasm for change may be tempered by a sense of uncertainty about the future which to some degree is an illusion. The future is not just a measure of time, but is best perceived as a field of yet to be shaped possibilities. To explore these possibilities for the sake of improving the welfare of each and all with the aid of the Aims expressed in the Declaration of Interdependence will be the purpose of Institute programs in the coming year. We hope that you will actively join in this journey.

Dr. Carolyn Dorrance, President, Institute of World Culture

Program for 2007

Multimedia Presentation
Space Within Space: New Views of the Universe
Saturday, January 20 , 2007
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Russ Lewin

Fly with us into the deep space of our expanding universe for an exploration of Supermassive Black Holes, Dark Energy, Galaxy Evolution, Galactic Mergers, Early Star Forming Galaxies, Planetary Nebulae, Supernovae, Dark Matter and more using images and data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE), Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), and Gravitational Lensing. Many of the images and discoveries were made within the last few months.
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Fearlessness on the Path of Nonviolence
Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this
ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.
– Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 30 , 2007
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Falkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
Speaker: Professor Nandini Iyer

In observance of Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary, Professor Nandini Iyer's lecture will focus on Mahatma Gandhi's guiding principles and personal practice of nonviolence. Gandhi's fearless path forged the future for India, and indeed for the world. Projessor Iyer's family was actively engaged in Gandhi's nonviolent movement for Indian independence, social reform and women's freedome. She assisted her late husband, Professor Raghavan Iyer, to prepare his book, The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi, originally published by Oxford University Press, now published by Concord Grove press.
Link to brief Biography of Gandhi from IWC Study Group on Gandhi
Link to article from IWC seminar on Gandhi
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Socrates in the Board Room: The Transformation Process
Saturday, February 10th, 2007                                      
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Julian Moody
Management guide and counselor Julian Moody will share insights and anecdotes about personal and interpersonal transformation, especially in the context of an organization.  For more than five decades, Julian’s talents have been invaluable to many companies, including Michigan Gas Co., Detroit Edison, Blue Shield / Blue Cross Association, and Santa Barbara Bank and Trust.  Julian’s approach combines Socratic inquiry with the client-centered, situation-oriented psychology of Carl Rogers.  Recognizing that real problems are elusive and effective counseling requires more than diagnostics and models, Mr. Moody will elucidate the advantages of an existential-humanistic approach that emphasizes a patient assimilation of specifics and the ripening of intuitive insight.
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The Art of Starting and Building a Sustainable Community
Friday, February 16th, 2007                                   
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara  
Presenter: Adam Wolpert 

Adam Wolpert will also speak at SBCC East Campus Earth & Biological Sciences Building, Room 309, on Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 7:30 pm.  The topic will be “Art, Reverence and Nature”.  Free parking is available on West Campus (a 10-min walk to the Lecture Hall).

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What is involved with starting an Intentional community in today’s world? How can our communities sustain themselves? What are examples of sustainable communities, and how do they function? Adam Wolpert, one of the founders of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and of the sowing circle community will discuss answers to these questions and related topics. Co-sponsored with Adult Education program of Santa Barbara City College.  "I have spent most of the last 15 years trying to translate visions into reality both in art making and community building. It is a great challenge. We are given a ready made reality with all our decisions made for us. From a very early age we are taught to conform and success is narrowly defined. If you envision something unusual or radical, contrary to the dominant paradigm or threatening to the status quo you are laughed at or even ridiculed or cast out and rejected. But if you can find the courage within yourself to conquer these forces and maintain your vision, no matter how personal or unique, it will grow and it will change you. How else can you really become yourself? In time your vision will take on a reality of its own and affect those around you and indeed begin to change the world. The process of changing a vision into reality is the most profound and gratifying one you can engage in. It is the creative process, the process of self-realization, and an inspiration to others. As preconceptions and imposed limitations are broken down slowly you awake as if from a dream to see the boundless potential of life. Suddenly the structures that imprison you can be seen for what they are, simply the physical manifestations of other peoples ideas, no more powerful or important than yours. As you begin to turn your visions into reality you can take your place as a creative living being, a meaningful part of this vast human experiment, you will feel more joy and pain, and you will feel more fully alive." – Adam Wolpert
Adam Wolpert is a Sowing Circle Community member, a painter and the Director of the Arts Program and co-director of the Intentional Communities Program at OAEC. He studied for two years in Florence, Italy, at the classical atelier, Studio Cecil-Graves, and received his MFA at UC San Diego. Adam has lectured on sustainable community and led painting workshops at many West Coast venues. His painting has been widely exhibited throughout California. Adam offers workshops on group process and organizational structure in many OAEC trainings and courses. His work can be viewed on the internet at


Holy Image, Hallowed Ground:

Icons From Sinai

Travel to the Getty Center, Los Angeles
Saturday, March 3, 2007                                   
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara  
Coordinator: Dr. Carolyn Dorrance

This exhibit offers an unprecedented look at some of the oldest surviving icons of Byzantine culture and provides rare insight into monastic life, past and present, at the oldest, continuously used Christian Monastery, Saint Catherine’s. The 53 icons in the exhibit have been preserved at a remote location in Egypt at the foot of Mount Sinai said to be the site of the Burning Bush and the revelations experienced by Moses. Several other interesting exhibits at the Getty are available for viewing. Click here for a tour of the exhibit. Transportation will be by chartered bus or carpooling, depending on attendee input. Contact Carolyn Dorrance:  967-1055. Register by February 23, 2007 to be sure to get transportation. Click here to print registration form flyer

Naturopathic Psychiatry:
Draining the Bilge, Caulking the Hull and Summoning the Wind

Saturday, March 17, 2007                                   
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara  
Presenter: Robert I. Reynolds, Ph.D., N.M.D.

In naturopathic psychiatry, ideas matter.  Clinicians and researchers in the psychological sciences have demonstrated that the most effective psychiatric medicine resides in our hearts, our brains, and in the choices that we make.  Naturopathy views symptoms of disease as the body’s attempt to heal itself.  Far from being pathological themselves, signs and symptoms serve as guides to the naturopathic physician’s role of supporting and stimulating the process of self-healing.  In naturopathic psychiatry, the primary therapeutic goal is to reveal the source of the disorder and then work with it until achieving a dynamic state of balance.  In the ensuing process, the symptoms of the disease will rear up in defense of the existing static adaptation.  The key to navigating such a stormy sea is in preparing the “boat” (the patient’s body-mind complex) for the voyage and in waiting for favorable winds to lead us to the heart of the problem.  Examples will be drawn from clinical practice in which evidence-based therapies are combined, including yoga, TCM, homeopathy and orthomolecular medicine.
Click here for biography of Dr. Reynolds
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Plato's Ladder of Love
Saturday, April 7, 2007                                   
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara      
Presenter: Joseph Miller

How does Diotima guide Socrates in a discovery and experience of the levels of love? Does love lead the seeker to knowledge of Beauty, Truth, and Universal Good? Join us for a discussion of Plato’s dialogue, “The Symposium ”. Related ideas from other writers will be included. For information, please call 805/ 403-7987.
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To purchase a copy of "The Symposium" ("The Banquet")

Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future

Monday, April 16, 2007
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E, Anapamu, Santa Barbara   
Dr. David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation,
Frank K. Kelly, Emeritus Fellow of the Center for Democratic Institutions
Dr. Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations
Dr. Farzeen Nasri, Professor of Political Economy, UC Santa Barbara
Nandini Iyer, Co-Founder of the Institute of World Culture
How much danger is there of nuclear weapons being used in the foreseeable future? Who has these weapons of mass destruction and why would they think of using them? What can citizens do to stop the escalating spiral toward the possession of nuclear weapons and the threat of their use? A panel of the informed and the concerned will address these questions at a Forum in the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, on Monday, April 16th. At a later date, another Forum on Pathways to Peace and Justice: A Dialogue will be held with opportunities for many constructive suggestions to be made. Co-sponsored by the Institute of World Culture and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Call 966-3941 for more information.
Click here for a biography of Dr. David Krieger

Click here for a biography of Dr. Robert Muller
Click here for a biography of Nandini Iyer
Click here for a biography of Dr. Farzeen Nasri
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A Conversation with Huston Smith
Friday, April 27, 2007
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Watch a video recording of the conversation between religious studies scholar, Huston Smith and Professor Nandini Iyer that took place during Dr. Smith’s visit to the Institute in June 2005.  A live discussion will follow this informal evening event in the Institute’s Gandhi Room.
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Ojai Story Telling Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 3 – 6, 2007

Meet at
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Coordinator: Renée Tillotson

The 8th annual Ojai story telling festival, “Village of Tales,” has assembled nationally renowned tellers for what promises to be a regaling weekend. Whether from an Appalachian, Cuban American, Oklahoman, Scotch-Welch or African-American perspective, the stories will move you to tears of laughter or empathy. Many story tellers incorporate lively music. The tales will be insightful or funny, either true life reminiscences or superbly crafted fiction. Join us for any part of the Festival. Car-pooling is available. For full festival details, call 805-646-8907 for tickets or go to Call Renée Tillotson at 808 864-0495 at any time to coordinate with IWC carpools, or leave message on the IWC phone by Friday, May 4 at 966-3941.
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Transforming Mindscape and Landscape:
Envisioning and Designing Hot Age Communities

May 18 – 20, 2007
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Joshua Tree, California
Organized by the Institute of Reverential Ecology and cosponsored by the IWC, this unique retreat offers a galaxy of interesting speakers in a desert setting and offers ample opportunities for conversation, meditation, music and star-gazing. Topics range from a Buddhist-Hindu Dialogue on Nature to Recreating the California Dream and Building Sustainable Community. Visit the IRE web site: or call the coordinator, Philip Grant, at 805-210-2810 for details.  The IWC’s Co-founder Professor Nandini Iyer will speak at the conference.
The Institute of World Culture is a member of the California Student Sustainability Coalition and a co-sponsor of this annual retreat.

Sera Monastery: The Training of Tibetan Buddhist Monks
Saturday, May 26, 2007
2:00 – 4:30 PM
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Dr. José Cabezón

Before the Chinese take-over of Tibet in 1959, The Sera Monastery was the second largest monastery in Tibet. Over 8,000 monks were housed there, and some of the most important scholars, saints and political leaders in the history of Tibet were trained at Sera. Professor José Cabezón, Tibetan Buddhist Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will share with us his research on the history of this monastery and his insights on the life and training of monks in this religious community.
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Forum and Film
 To Be or Not to Be . . . Ready for Hamlet
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Forum: Hamlet's Dilemma from 4:00–6:00 pm
Screening: Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" from 7:30–9:45 pm
1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Chair:  Renée Tillotson
To prepare for an IWC outing on August 4–5, 2007 to the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego to watch Hamlet on stage, or to simply enjoy the gritty drama of the world’s most famous play, join long-time Shakespeare buff Renée Tillotson for an afternoon and evening of Shakespeare.  Let’s steep ourselves in the language of the bard as we read aloud passages from the play that clarify Hamlet’s moral dilemma.  In the evening we will watch Franco Zeffirelli's version of Hamlet.  Participants are invited to share a no-host meal at a local restaurant between the afternoon and evening sessions.
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Social Vision of Radical Islam
Saturday, June 9, 2007
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Carolyn Dorrance

The influential writings of Egyptian nationalist Sayyid Qutb will be the focus of the Forum.  Professor Carolyn Dorrance will review the radical ideology that is currently challenging the values and lifestyles of modern life in dramatic and controversial ways. Discussion will be encouraged. Google for “Sayyid Qutb” and download a free copy of his concise, seminal book, Milestones, or click here:
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Founding Day Address
A Republic of Mind and Spirit
Saturday, June 23, 2007
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Concord House: 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Albanese
Professor Catherine Albanese, Religious Studies professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a synopsis of her recently published book, A Republic of Mind and Spirit, that documents the development of a hidden metaphysical current in  American religious history. Tracing the source of this current to the translation of Hermetic fragments during the Italian Renaissance, Professor Albanese offers a revolutionary report on the deeper search for spiritual experience that has inspired so many Americans in recent decades and led to a wide-ranging proliferation of religious groups.
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What is World Culture?
Sunday, July 1, 2007
11:00 – 3:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Chair: Dr. Carolyn Dorrance

Join in an exploration of the central question implicit in the aims of the Institute of World Culture. Help define the goals and future programs of the Institute in relation to an emerging world culture. Connect the aims of the Institute with the contemporary reality of global interdependence.  Contributions to a pot luck lunch are welcome.
Some thoughts on the topic by the President of the Institute of World Culture


Celebrate the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Institute of World Culture
Poems and Appeals for Social Justice in a Republic of Conscience

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Chair: Gerry Lewin

This forum will focus on poetry and songs that express an appeal to social justice,
affirm the dignity of human nature, and give voice to the truth of conscience: elements
crucial to a society of the future. From the Republic of Conscience is an anthology of
poetry by Amnesty International featuring poems about freedom, equality and justice.
Discussion will be based upon poems and songs that participants select and read
aloud or perform. If you would like to contribute a poem from the anthology or a
poem or song of your choice, please send it to Gerry Lewin before June 21 for
consideration ( or 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101).
A booklet will be given out at the forum. The anthology is available in the Jeanne Riegg
Library in Concord House during study classes and seminars or by contacting Gerry.
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Film and Discussion
2007 Film Series and Discussion
All films will be shown at Concord House, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara
Discussion of the relevance of the film to the topic of conscience will follow
Coordinator: Robert Moore
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Saturday, July 7
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Phillip Noyce
Set in Australia in 1931, Director Phillip Noyce tells the story of a government policy that required "half-caste" children (whose mothers were Aboriginal and whose fathers were white) to be taken from their homes by the authorities to be trained to work as servants. Based on the true story of Molly Craig, Philip Noyce's film of small gestures and few words follows the odyssey of three young girls who escaped from the government's training facility and, using the country's long stretches of rabbit-proof fences as their guide, walked 1500 miles to get back home.

Saturday, July 14
Educating Rita
Lewis Gilbert
Michael Caine and the knockout Julie Walters deliver a pair of wonderful performances in this endearingly bittersweet tale of a boozily burnt-out professor's tutoring of (and subsequent tutoring by) a free-spirited cockney hairdresser determined to improve her lot in life.
Saturday, July 21
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Aparna Sen
Director Aparna Sen constrasts the violence of Hindu and Muslim extremists with the humane dimension of a devout Hindu Brahmin challenged by circumstance to protect a vulnerable Muslim.
Saturday, July 28
Smoke Signals
Chris Eyre
An Independent film adapted from several characters and short stories in "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" by Sherman Alexie. This film has the distinction of being the first motion picture with an exclusively Native America creative team.

Hamlet at the Old Globe in San Diego
Saturday and Sunday, August 4–5, 2007
Coordinator:  Renée Tillotson
Choose To Be with a refreshing excursion to see a professional performance of a timeless, ever relevant play by the great bard, Willaim Shakespeare. Join fellow Institute members and friends for an excursion to the Old Globe Theater in San Diego for a performance of Hamlet. Sign up by June 30 for group reservation prices. Contact or (808) 864-0495. 
Tentative Schedule:
Saturday, August 4
Drive to San Diego by carpool, stopping in San Juan Capistrano for lunch and time to talk Shakespeare with fellow enthusiasts of the Bard.  Continue on to San Diego after lunch, checking into a European-style hotel near Balboa Park ($79 + tax per room, less with a larger group). After checking in, there will be time for nap or stroll.  Dine out that evening, iving at the Old Globe Theater in time to see the entertainment on the green. Attend the 8:00 pm performance of Hamlet ($62 per person, less with a larger goup).  Relax with coffee and dessert after the show and discuss the performance.
Sunday, August 5
Brunch, time at the beach or the zoo, or head straight up the highway and back to Santa Barbara.
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Courageous Women of Conscience

Saturday, August 25, 2007
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street
Panel of Speakers
Chair: Dr. Carolyn Dorrance

Seven contributors will present the lives and accomplishments of women who have show inspiring courage and imaginative resourcefulness, including Anne Hutchinson, Jeannette Rankin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mary Parker Follett, and H. P. Blavatsky, among others.  Contact Carolyn Dorrance at 967-1055 for further information.
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Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting and Brainstorming Program

Saturday, September 15, 2007
7:30–9:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street
Members are cordially invited to the Institute of World Culture’s annual brainstorming session.  Our theme for 2008 centers on “the imaginative use of the spiritual, mental and material resources of the globe,” from Aim 7.  The Institute’s membership has always generated a program of tremendous cultural breadth and depth.  We are counting on you again this year to help the IWC Board develop the 2008 program. 
Click here for Suggestion Form in pdf format (for printing and filliing in by hand)
Click here for Suggestion Form in Word format
(can be filled in on computer and emailed as an attachment)

Developing Deep Democracy

Saturday, September 22, 2007
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street
Presenters: Drs. Philip Grant and Maurice Bisheff
A multi-faceted dialogue will explore how the inner development of individuals can help create an ethical, sustainable and democratic community.  A panel of political thinkers led by Professors Philip Grant and Maurice Bisheff will explore how individuals and communities can develop more ethical and sustainable ways of thinking and thereby create a richer civic life that fulfils the ideals of democracy. Historical and current examples will be presented with ample time for discussion. Current readings will be distributed, and contributions encouraged from all seminar participants so that a vision of the “society of the future” may emerge. Contact Maurice Bisheff at 455-9552 or for more information . A reading to prepare for the seminar can be printed using the link below.
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Click here for a short seminar reading
Click here for a longer seminar reading, section 1
Click here for a longer seminar reading, section 2
Click here for summary of seminar, Musings on Deep Democracy

Music, Mythology and Transformation:
Harmonies of the Spheres

Saturday, October 13, 2007, 4:00  – 6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street  
Presenter: Jeanne Martin, Ph.D.
Many concepts of healing music are based on belief systems established in ancient times and the Renaissance. Music speaks to the world soul, Plato’s anima mundi, in a unique way that can help us maintain inner balance by connecting us to the harmony of the spheres.Explore stories from ancient mythology related to music. Discover the transformative and healing power of music. She will discuss some of her stories of playing the harp both for the healing and dying processes, and demonstrate how a harp therapist would work in a patient’s room. Includes live harp music. Jeanne Martin, Ph.D. is an accomplished harpist, instructor and lecturer on music in ancient world mythology and sacred psychology, and works with the harp as a form of complementary medicine.
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The Power of Myth

Saturday, October 20, 2007
7:30 –  9:30 pm

Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street  

Selections from the conversations of PBS journalist, Bill Moyers with insightful scholar, Joseph Campell will be shown.

Transforming Environmental Policy:
Private Conscience and Public Choice

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
7:30 –  9:30 pm

Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street  
Presenter: Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

Mr. Pope will lead a round-table discussion on the link between individual decision-making and ecologically responsible social action.  Free.  Limited seating.  Contact: Philip Grant, or call 805/201-2810.
Mr. Pope will also speak at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 25, 7:00-9:00 pm, UCSB Corwin Pavilion on Changing the U.S. National Agenda.   Mr. Pope will discuss the need for a strategic refocusing of US public policy to meet the challenge of the global environmental crisis. It is a free, public lecture. Contact B. J. Danetra ( for more information. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Ecological Education Coalition, UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Santa Barbara City College Sustainability Center, Institute of World Culture, Institute of Reverential Ecology, UCSB Associated Students Environmental Affairs Board, Walter H. Capps Foundation, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, For the Future, Spiritual Paths Institute, Community Environmental Council, UCSB Environmental Studies Department, UCSB Geography Department, Environmental Defense Center.
Click here for more information on the Sierra Club
Click here for a biography on Carl Pope
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Film and Discussion
Fearlessness on the Path of Nonviolence
Saturday, November 10, 2007
7:30 – 9:00 pm
A digital recording will be shown of the key note lecture given by Professor Nandini Iyer last January in
observance of the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Discussion will follow.

Reflections on Transformation:
What Have We Learned?

Saturday, November 17, 2007
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Coordinator: Dr. Carolyn Dorrance
Join members and guests in a round-table discussion of what we have learned from various programs on this year’s theme, Fearless Transformation for the Future. Thoughtful contributions on all types and levels of transformation are welcome to supplement the three lead-off presentations. Please contact Carolyn Dorrance at or call 967-1055 for more information.

Porphyry's View of the Ascent of the Soul
Saturday, December 1, 2007
7:30 – 9:15 pm 

Speaker: Dr. Judy Saltzman
For the Neo-Platonists Plotinus and Porphyry, philosophy was a spiritual
discipline and religion was symbolic of a higher reality. In the
descent into matter, the soul has lost its connection to the Gods. Porphyry in
his "Letter to His Wife Marcella" clearly explains the ethical and contemplative
virtues required for ascent, reconnection and transformation. Dr. Saltzman
will explain why Neo-Platonism is still a relevant teaching in the 21st Century.
Click here for some notes on the topic by Judy Saltzman to help prepare for the talk
Click here to link to an article on Porphyry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Click here to print the article on Porphyry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Annual Holiday Reception

Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tree Trimming 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Join in the decoration of a magnificant tree and enjoy the company of friends.
Bring an ornament, if you wish.
Reception 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Celebrate the fulfillment of one year and the promise of another in an evening of music, conversation and storytelling. Featured artist, Jeanne Martin will play the harp. Contributions of food and drink welcome.
Contact Carol Bemis at 963-3437.