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IWC ONLINE STUDY CIRCLE

MARCH 2021
~ CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION ~
Meets Online Tuesday Evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm

M.K. Gandhi

THE THEME FOR THE INSTITUTE OF WORLD CULTURE FOR 2021 IS: "UNIVERSAL SYMBOLS OF TRANSFORMATION AND RENEWAL".

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–STUDY CIRCLE" IN THE SUBJECT LINE. FEEL FREE TO JOIN IN ANYTIME.


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. 

STUDY CIRCLE TOPICS FOR 2021
JANUARY 2021 – FRIENDSHIP IN A WORLD OF FLUX
FEBRUARY 2021 – WORLD CULTURES THROUGH POETRY AND STORIES
MARCH – THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION


     

MARCH 2021

THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." ~ M.K. Gandhi

"The key words of violent economics are urbanization, industrialization, centralization, efficiency, quantity, speed . . . The problem of evolving a non-violent way of economic life [in the West] and that of developing the underdeveloped countries may well turn out to be largely identical." ~ E.F. Schumacher

M.K. Gandhi and E.F. Schumacher, among others, have offered creative, realistic and powerful paradigms for social transformation. How might we use them as models for a new world culture that operates as if people matter?


Mar 2, 2021 Gandhi's Critique of Modern Civilization
In the essay, "Hind Swaraj", Mahatma Gandhi provides a powerful paradigm for an alternative civilization. He writes: "Western civilization is such thst one has only to be patient and it will be self-destroyed." Self-rule is only possible through the force of love and self-reliance.

Reading:
Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule
by M.K. Gandhi

Mar 9, 2021 Gandhi on Human Nature and Perfectibility
Gandhi asserts in his writings that human nature is essentially good and capable of perfectibility. This is important because it provides an optimistic basis for transformation.
Reading:
Human Nature, Perfectibility and History by M.K. Gandhi
Mar 16, 2021 Gandhian Economics for a New World Culture
Dr. Shobana Nelasco, Professor, Development Economist and Researcher in South Asian Studies, will join us on this occasion to share her concept of Gandhian economics. She has recently edited a volume on M.K. Gandhi: Gandhi, A Global Perspective.

Reading:
Gandhian Economics
by Dr. Shobana Nelasco

Mar 23, 2021 Elegant Simplicity
Reflections on what it means to live simply, by E.F. Schumacher, from his book "Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered." How does small is beautiful apply to the 21st century?
Reading:
Mar 30, 2021 Economic and Moral Progress
Gandhi makes the case that economic progress is often antagonistic to moral progress, and he explains the nature of voluntary poverty and its benefits.

Reading:
Economic and Moral Progress
by M.K. Gandhi

FEBRUARY 2021

FEBRUARY – WORLD CULTURES THROUGH POETRY AND STORIES
For February we will explore various cultures through their poetry and stories. We will look at what the symbols of transformation and renewal are, and what they tell us about that culture.

 
Feb 2, 2021

Amanda Gorman and "The Hill We Climb"
U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman caught the attention of the world when she read a poem she had written specifically for the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States. Her poem, "The Hill We Climb," opens with a question about the human condition writ large: "When day comes we ask ourselves / where can we find light in this never-ending shade?" We will look at what she is saying in the poem and what it is saying about the U.S.

Reading:
Poem: The Hill We Climb

Feb 9, 2021

Japanese Culture through Haiku
A haiku is the world’s shortest poem yet despite its succinct form, it contains the essence of Japanese people’s aesthetics, view of nature, philosophy, thought, and sentiments.

"A brief glimpse,
a poem or two, a piece of history,
some personal experience."
~Allan Cooley

Reading:
Selected Haiku Poems

Feb 16, 2021

Russian Culture and Its Poetry
The subject of Russian poetry is as vast as the country itself. In this presentation, we will explore its artistic origins – the 'Golden Age' of Russian poetry of the early 19th century, which was the earliest era of Russan poetry as a national art form. Poets we will look at are: Vasily Zhukovsky, Alexander Pushkin, Yevgeny Baratynsky and Mikhail Lermonov.
Reading:
Selected Russian Poems

Feb 23, 2021

Sindh Poetry and Culture
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, the 17th century Sindhi poet, has captured the hearts and imagination of the Sindhis, an ethno-linguistic group who are native to the Sindh province of Pakistan. For nearly three hundred years, wherever there are Sindhis, his message of the unity present in diversity is extolled. A glimpse into his poetry reveals the transformative power of his belief in the power of love.

Reading:
Risalo by Shah Abdul Latif