Institute of World Culture

Theme for 2018
EXPLORING UNIVERSAL IDEAS
EXPRESSED IN CULTURAL ARTS

Program for 2018

Forum
Universal Symbolism in Storytelling

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Miluka Rivera-Matlovsky

To initiate the study of the 2018 theme, Exploring Universal Ideas Expressed in Cultural Arts, the use of symbols represented in stories from around the world will be explored. Storytelling is an ancient means of teaching and shaping cultural values. Stories offer ideas about the potential of human beings and the moral aims of human societies. The symbols in a story are often universal in scope and meaning. Thus, understanding the universality in symbols is a way of understanding world culture.

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Film and Discussion
Gandhi's Gift: A Documentary Film

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Saturday, February 3, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Moderator: Cynthia Lukas, co-writer and producer

This new, independently produced film depicts the last four years of Mohandas Gandhi’s life. Historical news footage and interviews with those who worked with him give a vivid and insightful portrait of Gandhi’s values and non-violent strategies. One of the writer/producers, Cynthia Lukas, will introduce the film and answer questions.

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