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

Gandhi and spinning wheel

ONLINE FORUM
Saturday, January 30, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Presenter: Jonathan Colbert

“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.”
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Joining the Forum:
Members will automatically be sent a link for the program.
Non-Members: If you are not a member and would like to participate, please send an email to donna@worldculture.org with "Registration-American Symbols" in the header subject area. Include your full name and the email you would like us to use to send you a Zoom invitation. Non-member spaces are limited and invitations will be given on a first come, first serve basis, so please request an invitation as early as possible. Invites will be sent out the week before the event. If you would like to become a member, or have questions or suggestions, please email donna@worldculture.org.