Institute of World Culture

Program for 2021

Online Forum
American Symbols

Great Seal of the United States

ONLINE FORUM
Saturday, January 16, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Presenters: Russ Lewin and Carolyn Dorrance

The very idea of America evokes liberty, opportunity, hope and inspiration. American symbols are representations of the underlying principles of the Republic. However, many of the symbols are mysterious, and point to deeper dimensions of meaning. Our goal is to explore some of these symbols in an attempt to revitalize and regenerate our understanding of the core ideas of the American ideal. Symbols of interest include the Great Seal of the United States, the Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch, the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the American Bison, and others. Washington D.C. itself is a symbol that was designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfrant who envisioned the city based on the ideal that every citizen was equally important. Hence, he established the Capitol building, representing the people, as the center point rather than the White House because America has no king.

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Online Forum
Mahatma Gandhi as a Symbol of Truth
A Commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's Death Anniversary


Gandhi and spinning wheel


ONLINE FORUM
Saturday, January 30, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Presenters: Jonathan Colbert and Robert Moore

A satyagraha is an individual who "holds to truth," and the term satyagraha can aptly be used to describe the life of Mahatma Gandhi. His life itself became symbolic of what it means to make truth the central theme of one's life, and he used symbols like the spinning wheel and the Salt March to bring truth to light. To look at the life of Gandhi as a symbol of truth is a way to commenorate not only his life, but also the value of truth as a way of life.

“To me religion means truth and ahimsa or rather truth alone, because truth includes ahimsa, ahimsa being the necessary and indispensable means for its discovery. Therefore anything that promotes the practice of these virtues is a means for imparting religious education and the best way to do this, in my opinion, is for the teachers rigorously to practice these virtues in their own person.” ~ Gandhi

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Online Forum
The previously scheduled forum, "The Circle and Sphere in Myth, Symbol and Structure" has been cancelled.
In its place we will have a new forum on:

Rediscovering the Ancient History and Culture of South India

Map of S. India

ONLINE FORUM
Saturday, February 27, 2021
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Shobana Nelasco

Accounts of historical events are usually biased and in most instances written by those who held the upper hand. India, throughout its known history and culture, has been ruled by a number of native Dravidian and Aryan rulers. However, apart from their "official" accounts, a different view of history and culture is showcased and passed down through generations in popular documentations, ancient and medieval Sangam literature, stone inscriptions, statues, palmleaf scripts, copper plates and poetry and songs. This presentation will bring to light an alternate history of the Southern cities of India before the emergence and after the downfall of the Tamil kings of Chera, Chola and the Pandya kingdoms of Tamilagam. It will highlight the rich Dravidian history that includes their native culture, arts, literature, religion, architecture and important personalities, in addition to the general history in brief.

Dr. Nelasco is a Professor, Development Economist and Researcher in South Asian Studies. She is the author of The Status of Women in India and editor of an anthology of 100 articles on Gandhi, A Global Perspective. She has been a Fellow in the Gender Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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