the agora foundation - the foundations of our republic

Free Community Seminar Series
The first and third Thursdays of each month
Next session is June 7, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

What are the fundamental principles of our Republic? Are these principles based on a view of objective reality/nature, or simply the "consent of the governed"? Depending on how one addresses the previous question: Are these principles changeable, and if so on what grounds? How should one read the founding documents? What authority does the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches have? What are rights? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable?

Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM

Readings:
Declaration of Independence, Selected Federalist Papers, The U.S. Constitution, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Letter from Birmingham Jail

Location:
The Ojai Library
111 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, California 93023

the agora foundation summer intensive - humanity's place in the natural world

Readings:
1) Book Six of On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
2) Preface and Book One of The New Organon: or True Directions Concerning the Interpretation of Nature by Francis Bacon
3) Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
4) Walking by Henry David Thoreau
5) Introduction and The Nobility of Sight from The Phenomenon of Life by Hans Jonas
6) Selected writing from Blue Iris by Mary Oliver

Tutors:
Patricia Locke of St. John's College and Andy Gilman of The Agora Foundation

Location:
The Ojai Retreat
160 Besant Road
Ojai, California 93023

Tuition:
$800 per person, which includes meals, books, seminars, lectures, nature walks. Lodging is not included. The Ojai Retreat is offering a 15% discount for guests staying the length of the summer Intensive. Book your room directly with The Ojai Retreat.

Four-Day Summer Intensive
Tuesday, July 31 - Friday, August 3, 2018

Humanity's Place in the Natural World

Do we belong to the world, are we wholly made of the world, or are we a part of it and also alien to it? What is our responsibility to the world? Are we stewards? These four days will include seminars, lectures, nature walks, astronomy, and panels. We hope you will join the exploration.

Schedule:
Tuesday evening, July 31
3:00-6:00PM - Check in at The Ojai Retreat
6:30 - 7:30PM - Welcome wine and dinner
7:30 - 8:30PM - Opening Lecture - Humanity’s Place in the Natural World
9:00PM - Optional night walk and guided star gazing

Wednesday, August 1
7:30-8:30AM - Optional mild, guided hike in the Ventura River Preserve
8:30 - 9:30AM - Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar one
12:00 - 2:00PM - Lunch and break
2:00 - 4:00PM - Seminar two
4:00 - 6:00PM - Break for Ojai excursions
6:00 - 9:00PM - Dinner at Azu Restaurant with lecture

Thursday, August 2
7:30-8:30AM - Optional guided tour of the flora and fauna within the Ojai Valley View Preserve
8:30 - 9:30AM - Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar three
12:00 - 2:00PM - Lunch and break
2:00 - 4:00PM - Seminar four
4:00 - 5:00PM - Break
5:00 - 6:30PM - A public panel conversation with Ojai’s environmental non-profits - How do the principle of stewardship manifest in a community?
7:00PM - Dinner and movie

Friday, August 3
9:00 - 10:00AM - Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Concluding seminar, ending with a storyteller from the Ojai Valley Story Telling Festival.


the agora foundation - man's search for meaning

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Three Days in the Country
Seminar and Play Performance

Reading:
A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev

Schedule:
9:30 - 10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar
12:00 - 2:00PM - Lunch
2:00 - 4:30PM - Play Performance
4:30 - 5:00PM - Concluding seminar

Tutor:
Elizabeth Reyes of Thomas Aquinas College

Location:
Antaeus Theatre
110 E. Broadway
Glendale, California 91205

the agora foundation - on the feminine

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Series - On The Feminine

Readings:
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare,
The Franklin's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, and the
Introduction and Conclusion from The Second Sex
by Simone de Beauvoir

Schedule:
9:30 - 10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar I
12:00 - 1:00PM - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00PM - Seminar II

Tutors:
Elizabeth Reyes and Andy Gilman

Location:
Thomas Aquinas College
10,000 Ojai Road
Santa Paula, California 93060

the agora foundation - the myth of sisyphus by camus

Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

Schedule:
9:30 - 10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar I
12:00 - 1:00PM - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00PM - Seminar II

Tutors:
Karl Haigler and Andy Gilman

Location:
Thomas Aquinas College
10,000 Ojai Road
Santa Paula, California 93060

the agora foundation - confucius

Saturday, November 3, 2018
The Analects of Confucius (selections)

Schedule:
9:30 - 10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar I
12:00 - 1:00PM - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00PM - Seminar II

Tutors:
Roxana Zirakzadeh and Andy Gilman

Location:
The Agora Foundation
417 Bryant Circle
Ojai, California 93023

the agora foundation - genesis

Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Book of Genesis

Schedule:
9:30 - 10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:00PM - Seminar I
12:00 - 1:00PM - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00PM - Seminar II

Tutor:
Paul O'Reilly

Location:
Thomas Aquinas College
10,000 Ojai Road
Santa Paula, California 93060

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