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Robin Wall-Kimmerer
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IWC ONLINE STUDY CIRCLE
OCT–DEC 2020
~ EXEMPLARS OF WORLD CULTURE ~
Meets Online Tuesday Evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm

In October and Novemeber of 2020, we will look at the lives and work of cultural exemplars throughout the world – men and women who have made a vital contribution to uplifting human culture.  They have all exemplified moral courage, upheld humane cultural values, maintained a vital continual urge for self-transformation, and engaged in meaningful social service to others.

HOW TO REGISTER.
THERE IS NO FEE TO JOIN THIS ONLINE STUDY CIRCLE.
TO JOIN, PLEASE REQUEST AN INVITATION BY SENDING YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL TO:
donna@worldculture.org WITH "REGISTRATION–EXEMPLARS" IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT AN INVITATION LINK WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU

SUGGESTED READINGS WILL BE POSTED BELOW.
QUESTIONS DURING THE MEETINGS WILL BE ENCOURAGED.
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTER-FRIENDLY SCHEDULE



Date

Topic for discussion




Dec 1

Youth Activism
Presenters: Robert Moore, Nancy Martin
Young people have often stood at the forefront of progress, and right now an entire generation of teens is speaking up and out for equality. We will look at some examples from around the world: among them Senegal, Afghanistan, Armenia, South Africa and Ecuador.
Suggested reading:

Dec 8

Mikhail Gorbachev Mikhail Gorbachev
Presenter: Maurice Bisheff
(1931-present) Russian statesman and the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. Ideologically, he initially adhered to Marxism-Leninism although by the early 1990s he had moved toward social democracy. He is widely praised for his pivotal role in ending the Cold War..
Suggested reading:
"Can Politics and Morals Be Reconciled" and
The Earth Charter" – These two chapters are from "What is at Stake Now: My Appeal for Peace and Freedom" by Mikhail Gorbachev
(2019).

Dec 15

Ruth Benedict Ruth Benedict
Presentera: Jennifer Bisheff, Donna Moore
(1887-1948) Pioneering American anthropologist and folklorist, she was best known for her “patterns of culture” theory. Her book by that name revolutionized anthropological study, igniting the work of the culture and personality movement within anthropology.
Suggested reading:

Dec 22

Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis
Presenter: Maurice Bisheff
(1980–present)  Online interview with Wynton Marsalis will be shown and discussion will follow. Marsalis is an American trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often to young audiences, and is the only musician to win a Grammy Award in jazz and classical during the same year. The speaker will be drawing from Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life by  Wynton Marsalis with Geoffrey C. Ward.
Suggested reading:

Dec 29

Ramama Maharshi Ramana Maharshi
Presenter: Cliff Tillotson
(1879–1950) Hindu sage. Born Venkataraman Iyer in Tamil Nadu, India, and is mostly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. He approved a number of paths and practices but recommended self-inquiry as the principle means to remove ignorance and abide in Self-awareness, together with devotion or surrender of the Self.                                         
Suggested reading:

Nov 3

Malala Yousfzai
Presenter: Jennifer Bisheff
(1997- ) Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.  Her foundation invests in education programs to help girls go to school and to reach their full potential.
Suggested reading:
Nov 10 Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Presenter: Luis Diaz
(1959-present) Guatemalan human rights activist; K'iche' Indigenous feminist, Nobel Peace laureate recognized for her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.
Suggested reading:
Nov 17 Ashoka
Presenter: Carolyn Dorrance
(304-232 BCE) Indian emperor, also known as Ashoka the Great who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. The grandson of the founder of the Maurya Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka promoted the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia.
Suggested reading:
Ashoka's Dream
Nov 24 Ibn Sina Ibn Sina
Presenter: Ibrahim Ibn Salma
(890-1037 AD) A Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age, and the father of early modern medicine. Also known as Abu Ali Sina, Pur Sina, and often known in the west as Avicenna.
Suggested reading:

Oct 6

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger
Presenter: Allan Cooley
(1919-2014) American folk singer and social activist, Pete Seeger was a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, singing and playing his iconic banjo. He was a prolific songwriter with many of his best known songs used by activists during the civil rights era. Seeger believed in "the power of song" to bring social change, and is often credited with teaching America to sing.

Suggested reading:

Oct 13

Bono

Bono (Paul David Hewson)
Presenter: Russ Lewin
(1960-present) Irish singer, songwriter, businessman, philanthropist and activist, best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of the rock band U2. He is one of the world's best-known philanthropic performers and was named the most politically effective celebrity of all time for his humanitarian and social justice work. He is particularly active in campaigning for Africa.

Suggested reading:


Oct 20

Wendall Berry Wendell Berry
Presenter: Donna Moore
(1934-present) In addition to being a farmer, Berry is a novelist, poet and essayist, wiith over 80 books of poetry, fiction and essays. In addition, he is an environmental activist, as well as cultural critic, using his writing skills to plead the case for protecting the environment and safeguarding human rights.

Suggested reading:
Out of Your Car, Off Your Horse
Twenty-seven propositions about global thinking and the sustainability of cities, by Wendell Berry

Oct 27

Dag Hammarskjold Dag Hammarskjöld
Presenter: Maurice Bisheff
(1905-1961) Swedish economist and diplomat who served as the second Secretary-General of United Nations, Hammarskjöld has been called the greatest statesman of the 20th century, and to date is the only person awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.
Suggested reading:
Markings