MARCH 2024 – CRITICAL DISTANCE
The psychological breadth and depth of this self-reference depend upon the measure of critical distance a person can maintain in the midst of pressing preoccupations.
The March Study Circle will focus on the concept of “critical distance.” It will start with a philosophical consideration of how critical distance is related to individuation. Then, using the PBS Series Shakespeare Uncovered, our study will focus on finding out how understanding other people as aspects of ourselves develops the necessary objectivity to act wisely.
Review of Shakespeare Uncovered: In each episode, a major Shakespearean actor or director explores and reveals the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact they have today.
Tuesday, March 5th
INDIVIDUATION, PARAPOLITICS, RAGHAVAN IYER
“Whereas the philosophical standpoint is concerned with knowledge and perception, with clarity and comprehension, the psychological standpoint requires us to talk in terms of freedom and fulfillment, of release, and of integration.”
Tuesday, March 12th
SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
With F. Murray Abraham, we will “look at the efforts over the years, for better or worse, to treat Shylock more as a victim and rescue Shakespeare from any taint of anti-Semitism.” At a time when nationalism and extremism are on the rise, questions about the importance of understanding and acceptance need more attention than ever.”
SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – MACBETH
With Ethan Hawke – Uncovering “the story behind Macbeth, seeing some of the greatest productions, and discovering the insights into the criminal mind that Shakespeare reveals.
Tuesday, March 26th
SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
With Helen Hunt – “Exploring the relationships between Claudio and Hero and Beatrice and Benedick, and what the ultimate “ado” about “nothing” really means.” Helen Hunt reveals how the play inspired countless romantic comedies in Hollywood and gave voice to a new kind of heroine, full of wit and the power of words.
FEBRUARY 2024 – "SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL" – REVISITED
In February the Study Circle will revisit E.F. Schumacher's iconic book, "Small is Beautiful". We will be reading and discussing chapters of "A New Study Guide to Small is Beautiful," produced by the Schumacher Center on the occastion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Small is Beautiful" in 1973. The Guide reviews his ideas in light of the contemporary world. A copy of the Study Guide is avaliable free of charge at:: https://centerforneweconomics.org/envision/library/small-is-beautiful-study-guide-50th/
"The book "Small is Beautiful" is also the story of how one man managed to stand in the way of a juggernaut - the stultifying series of errors in economics that stemmed, according to the author, from scientific materialism." – David Boyle
Tuesday, February 6th
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY GUIDE AND TO SCHUMACHER
Tuesday, February 13th
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, CHAPTER 1. WHAT IS CAPITAL?
The Problem of Production.
"Few people will be easily convinced that the challenge to man's future cannot be met by making marginal adjustments here or there, or possible by changing the political system. . ."
Tuesday, February 20th
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, CHAPTER 2 & 3. GROWTH and ECONOMICS
Peace and Permanence: "It could well be that rich people treasure peace more highly than poor people, but only if they feel utterly secure – and this is a contradiction in terms."
Buddhist Economics: "Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of future generations: as long as you have not shown it to be 'uneconomic' you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper . . "
Tuesday, February 27th
We will continue to explore the economy with a chapter on "Transition to a Gift Economy" from "from Charles Eisenstein's book, "Sacred Economics". "Ultimately, what economics attempts to measure, underneath money, is the totality of all that human beings make and do for each other."
Reading: Transition to a Gift Economy
JANUARY 2024 – MUSLIM CIVILIZATION Click here for a printer-friendly program flyer
In January the Study Circle will consider what has been called Islamic Civilization, especially the many and varied manifestations of that culture to World Culture.
"Any person can joyously rediscover his or her membership in the commonwealth of humanity by incarnating the best that can be gleaned from the great religions, cultures and literatures." – Raghavan Iyer
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024
AN INTRODUCTION TO MUSLIM HISTORY
Ghazala Rahman Rafiq will lead us in a discussion of Muslim history: "In some ways there can be no such thing as a 'Muslim' history of civilization. One can clump a number of societies together and term them as one thing. The Arab, Turkish, Iranian, Indian-Muslim, African, Indonesian cultures; all have Islamic genes, but does that make them all part of an 'Islamic Civilization', given how differently they feel about art, poetry, and philosophy. Is there one Islamic DNA?"
Reading: Time Line
Tuesday, January 9th, 2024
THE MUSIC OF ISLAM
Ghazala Rahman Rafiq will help us understand Islamic contributions to music along with some of the significant figures in its development.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2024
THE POETRY OF LOVE, PEACE AND HARMONY
Local Santa Barbara poet Ibrahim ibn Sama will read and discuss some of his poems focused on infusing love, peace and harmony in the world.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024
We will take up a long list of Muslim philosophers who influenced the history or the world.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2024
Local Santa Barbara architect Kirk Gradin will give us survey of the splendors of Islamic architecture.