Institute of World Culture

Program for 2022

Zoom Online Forum
Nonviolent Leadership and Respectful Communication

ONLINE VIA ZOOM*
Saturday, January 22, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm P
T
Presenter: Joseph Miller

Nonviolence in human relations means resolving disagreements without resorting to fearful coercion. Effective communication and respectful persuasion are necessary to nonviolent leadership. But what exactly is the power of persuasion? How do we morally assess persuasive acts? Should persuasion in itself be studied as an art? This meeting will explore themes and passages from Plato's dialogue, "Gorgias", named for the famous Athenian rhetorician. Distinctions between philosophy and rhetoric, dialogue and monologue, illumination and gaslighting will be examined. Oratory is necessary to democracy, and yet it so easily slips into a pandering to ignorance and prejudice for the sake of power. What are the possible safeguards to prevent this slip?

Joining the Forum: Due to the status of the pandemic, this will not be an "in-person" event. If you wish to participate in this Zoom presentation, please email donna@worldculture.org to request an invitation. Include your name and your email address. Members will be sent a link automatically.

This talk has been recorded and is available on our IWC YouTube channel: Click here
Link:https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live

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Webcast
Fearlessness on the Path to Nonviolence




Saturday, January 29, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm PT
Webcast Video of Lecture
Speak
er: Professora Nandini Iyer

In observance of the death anniversary of M.K. Gandhi, January 30, 1948, Professor Nandini Iyer delivered a lecture at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, on January 30, 2007. The video of that talk will be streamed to the Institute's YouTube channel. Her lecture focused on Mahatma Gandhi's guiding principles and personal practice of nonviolence. His fearless path forged the future for India, and indeed for the world. Professor Iyer's family was actively engaged in Gandhi's nonoviolent movement for Indian independence, social reform and women's freedom. She assisted her husband, Professor Raghavan Iyer, in preparing his book, "The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi".

The video of this talk is available on our IWC YouTube channel: Click here
Link:https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live

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Forum
New Visions of the Vastitude: A Three-Part Series
PART 1: February 19, 2022 - Eyes on Mars
PART 2: April 9, 2022 - Eyes on Earth
PART 3: November 5, 2022 - Eyes on Cosmos

 

PART 1 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 19, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Mars: Mars Rovers and Hellicopter" (Part 1 of a 3-part series)
Available on the IWC YouTube Channel (see link below. This will not be an in-person event)
Presenter: Russ Lewin

To live well on our planet requires greater knowledge of its complex systems. Towards this end, scientists have engaged in three bold experiments to further our understanding. Each of these three areas will be highlighted in a 3-part series. Part 1: There are currently active rovers on the surface of Mars collecting data and images that hellp us understand this complex planet. For the first time, a helilcopter is helping with exploration on Mars. We will explore their discoveries.

PART 2 - SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Earth: Earth Orbiting Satellites" (Part 2 of a 3-part series)
In-person event at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
and live-streamed to IWC YouTube Channel
Presenter: Russ Lewin

There are over 25 earth orbiting satellites that monitor the vital signs of our planet. The satellites offer detailed observations of sea level height, atmospheric CO2 concentration, Antarctic ozone, surface temperature, algae blooms, and other dynamics of our earth. We will explore the complexity of our planet through the 'eyes' of these satellites.

PART 3 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 "Eyes on Cosmos: James Webb Space Telescope" (Part 3 of a 3-part series)
Webcast. Please check back to see if it will also be an in-person event
Presenter: Russ Lewin

The new Webb Space Telescope launched on December 25, 2022. It is more powerful than the Hubble Telescope and is capable of observing galaxies that are nearly 14 billion years old. The Webb Telescope observes using infra-red light, which allows it to see objects previously unseen by the Hubble Telescope which uses primarily optical and ultra-violet light. It is able to see through giant clouds of dust by collecting infrared light, allowing investigation of ancient galaxies. It is capable of observing the very first 'baby galaxies' that scientists hope will unlock some of the secrets of the universe. It will also be able to observe the galactic center of the Milky Way and other mysterious objects in our universe.

In-Person: Event will be at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Masks are optional.
Webcast: The program will be streamed to our IWC YouTube channel. To access the broadcast when it begins at 2:00 pm, click here. It will also be available on the IWC YouTube channel after the forum: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live

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Film
Marian Anderson: Challenges and Accomplishments



Saturday, March 5, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm (PT)
Live in Concord Hall (in person) and via Zoom
1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Moderator: Carolyn Dorrance

In observance of International Women's Day (March 8), a film will be shown that documents the life and accomplishments of the American singer, Marian Anderson (1897–1993). From the early challenges of family poverty and racial discrimination to her remarkable success as a singer of international repute, she opened many doors for herself and many talented African Americans. Despite her disappointments, she persevered and lived her life with magnanimity and non-violence. Her voice was called the voice of the century, and it was heard around the world by famous conductors and adoring fans alike.

This is an in-person event in Concord Hall and a Zoom program. If you wish to participate in the Zoom presentation, please email Donna Moore, donna@worldculture.org to request a link. Include your name and your email address. Members will automatically be sent a Zoom link.
In Person: Masks are recommended in Concord Hall.

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Forum
New Visions of the Vastitude: A Three-Part Series
PART 1: February 19, 2022 - Eyes on Mars
PART 2: April 9, 2022 - Eyes on Earth
PART 3: November 5, 2022 - Eyes on Cosmos

 

PART 1 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 19, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Mars: Mars Rovers and Hellicopter" (Part 1 of a 3-part series)
Available on the IWC YouTube Channel (see link below. This will not be an in-person event)
Presenter: Russ Lewin

To live well on our planet requires greater knowledge of its complex systems. Towards this end, scientists have engaged in three bold experiments to further our understanding. Each of these three areas will be highlighted in a 3-part series. Part 1: There are currently active rovers on the surface of Mars collecting data and images that hellp us understand this complex planet. For the first time, a helilcopter is helping with exploration on Mars. We will explore their discoveries.

PART 2 - SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Earth: Earth Orbiting Satellites" (Part 2 of a 3-part series)
In-person event at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
and live-streamed to IWC YouTube Channel
Presenter: Russ Lewin

There are over 25 earth orbiting satellites that monitor the vital signs of our planet. The satellites offer detailed observations of sea level height, atmospheric CO2 concentration, Antarctic ozone, surface temperature, algae blooms, and other dynamics of our earth. We will explore the complexity of our planet through the 'eyes' of these satellites.

PART 3 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 "Eyes on Cosmos: James Webb Space Telescope" (Part 3 of a 3-part series)
Webcast. Please check back to see if it will also be an in-person event
Presenter: Russ Lewin

The new Webb Space Telescope launched on December 25, 2022. It is more powerful than the Hubble Telescope and is capable of observing galaxies that are nearly 14 billion years old. The Webb Telescope observes using infra-red light, which allows it to see objects previously unseen by the Hubble Telescope which uses primarily optical and ultra-violet light. It is able to see through giant clouds of dust by collecting infrared light, allowing investigation of ancient galaxies. It is capable of observing the very first 'baby galaxies' that scientists hope will unlock some of the secrets of the universe. It will also be able to observe the galactic center of the Milky Way and other mysterious objects in our universe.

In-Person: Event will be at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Masks are optional.
Webcast: The program will be streamed to our IWC YouTube channel. To access the broadcast when it begins at 2:00 pm, click here. It will also be available on the IWC YouTube channel after the forum: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live

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Forum
International Ecological Resilience: Permaculture in Action

Warren Brush

Saturday, April 23, 2022
In-person: Masks are optional
Simultaneous webcast to IWC YouTube
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Warren Brush

In honor of Earth Day, Warren Brush, a global resilience design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller, and co-founder of Wilderness Youth Project and Quail Springs Permaculture in Cuyama, California, will share his experiences working with international organizations, non-profits and governments around the world to bring regenerative thinking and design to vulnerable communities around the world. He will talk about his current projects working with the Danish Refugee Council, USAID, and Mercy Corp as well as other international projects, to illuminate how permaculture principles are actually applied in a variety of contexts to solve real-time ecological and social problems in a way that works with nature, not against her. Please come in person to meet Warren and ask your questions. There will be time for discussion at the end of his presentation. After the talk, be sure to visit the Institute's law-to-natives front yard and ask your questions about how it was accomplished using sheet mulching. The venue is a half block from the Arlington Theater so please be sure to join us as part of the Earth Day Celebrations.

You may attend this event in person. However, if you are not able to attend in person, you may watch a simultaneous webcast. If attending in person, there is no need to register. Masks are optional. To view the Webcast, which starts at 2:00 pm, or to watch the webcast after the event, log on to the Institute of World Culture YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live

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Forum and Dramatic Reading
Leo Tolstoy's Message on Opening Doors through Nonviolence and Magnanimity

Tolstoy greeting children

Saturday, May 7, 2022
In-person: Masks are optional
Simultaneous webcast to IWC YouTube
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Speaker: Marcia Warrecker and her "Troupe"

This year’s IWC theme of “Opening Doors through Nonviolence and Magnanimity” rings true with the compassionate, heart centered philosophy of Leo Tolstoy. These closely related themes permeated his literary outpourings, offering up on page after page the means to resolve the problem of human conflict, which appeared to Tolstoy to be the fundamental problem of all time. The solution, for Tolstoy, didn't come easily. It was the result of an intense and agonizing search for a meaning to life. As his philosophy of nonviolence evolved, it became, for him, the basis of an explanation of life's purpose; a necessary faith, a guide to living. The particular value of Tolstoy's understanding of nonviolence, which is by no means a new idea, being the essence of the teachings of many religions, is that Tolstoy held that conflicts of every sort could best be resolved by adhering to the clear moral goals and rules of behavior provided by this ideal. The unique gift of Tolstoy was his devotion to his craft, his hours, days, years at his writing table, working relentlessly to tell stories that would illumine the spiritual values and traits of character that universally serve mankind as the foundation for all of our actions and as guides for realizing all that we strive to be. 
Tolstoy's great literary genius lay in his ability to create “real life” events and multi-faceted, believable characters – both masculine and feminine – drawn from all levels of Russian society. More so, Tolstoy created people like us and painted scenes of conflict and courage that are our reality, too, whatever our station in life. He wrote his magnificent, intricately woven novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, for the Russian aristocracy who would read them – or be read to – in their opulent Moscow and St. Petersburg salons where he, himself, had once sat. He crafted stories based on traditional oral folk epics for his beloved fellow countrymen, so that they could be amused and delighted by the antics and travails of imps, fools, and wise men at the end of a long day of heavy toil as they sat around their table. 

Well known stories such as “What Men Live By,” “The Three Hermits,” “Two Old Men,” and “Esarhaddon, King of Assyria,” each with historical significance, will be taken up.These, along with selected passages from his novels, will be read aloud at this lively IWC forum by a “troupe” of friends.  After the stories are read, there will be a Question and Answer session.  Consideration might be given to what doors need to be opened.  What is the value of magnanimity in propelling us forward?  Is this practice worth a try?  Why?

You may attend this event in person. However, if you are not able to attend in person, you may watch a simultaneous webcast. If attending in person, there is no need to register. Masks are optional. To view the Webcast, which starts at 2:00 pm, or to watch the webcast after the event, log on to the Institute of World Culture YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live

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Forum
Meditations on Yoga




Saturday, May 21, 2022
Virtual Presentation via Zoom Only (see information on obtaining a link below)
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
Presenter: Srinivas Chari

This talk will focus on the two classic texts on Yoga, which is one of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy. The first text is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, considered a manual on the theory and practice of meditation for serious practitioners. The second, the Bhagavad Gita, is the ever-popular extract from the sixth volume of the epic Mahabharata, which describes the different ways by which yoga can be practiced in daily life. The proliferation of yoga would undoubtedly contribute to the promotion of a culture of non-violence, benevolence and compassion. Time permitting, some of the manifestations of yoga that have pervaded America and the West will be discussed.

This will be a virtual presentation only. Members will receive a link to join via Zoom automatically. For all others, please email to the address below to obtain a link:


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