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IWC ONLINE STUDY CIRCLE
JANUARY 2021
~ THE MANY FACETS OF FRIENDSHIIP ~
Meets Online Tuesday Evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm

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“Friendship, the oldest of all social relationships, is part of the very essence of what it means to be human.”  ~ Nandini Iyer

As part of the inaugural address for the Institute of World Culture, Professor Raghavan Iyer suggested that members of the Institute could develop strong bonds of friendship.  Their efforts on behalf of Humanity, and their pursuit of the Aims of the Institute, would provide an infallible basis for genuine friendship beyond cliques and clichés.  Therefore, for the month of January 2021, the Study Circle will attempt a deeper understanding of the multiple aspects of true friendship. 

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


A short article or essay will be posted on the Institute website for each meeting: http://www.worldculture.org.  It would benefit the discussion if everyone could read the article beforehand.  If you are not able to print the article, but would like to, please contact donna@worldculture.org.  There will be a brief introduction to the topic at the beginning of each meeting and the rest of the time will be open for discussion. 
We very much look forward to your participation. 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTER-FRIENDLY SCHEDULE



Jan 5

Friendship in a World of Flux
An essay by Nandini Iyer points to important aspects of friendship: that friendship is a talent, a capacity we all have innately, but which must be carefully cultivated.        
Click on title below for the reading:
"Friendship"
From: "Friendship in a World of Flux" by Nandini Iyer

Jan 12

A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart
An essay by Martin Luther King Jr. explores the need in humanity for a combination of tought-mindedness as well as tender-heartedness: touch minded enough to resist evil and tender hearted to resist with love. Is this a basis for friendship?
Click on title below for the reading:
"A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart"
by Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 19

Fraternity in a Republic
An immigrant from Iran, Azar Natisi, author of The Republic of Imagination shares her experience within American culture and insightfully describes her disappointment with contemporary, partisan and consumer-oriented culture. By contrast, she reviews stories and characters that are icons in American literature, as the rightful source of authentic, American values such as freedom and friendship. 

Suggested reading:
"Excerpts, including Searching for American Values, The Republic of the Imagination, Friendship and Transformation, and Finding American in the 21st Century"
From: The Republic of the Imagination by Azar Natisi

Jan 26

Befriending the Earth
The essay on “Saving Mother Earth to Save Ourselves” tells the Native American tribal creation story of Skywoman, a tale that instructs us in our relationship to the earth and how to care for her so that she may continue to care for us. "Turning Public Opinion" discusses why some environmental issues appeal to the popular imagination more than others.

Suggested reading:
"Saving Mother Earth to Save Ourselves"
by Joel Monture, Parabola Magazine, Spring 1993
"Turning Public Opinion" by Anna Turns, Parabola