Special Events – Current Offerings

 


HOMER'S ODYSSEY AS SPIRITUAL QUEST: A Lecture with Mr. David Beardsley - May 10, 2014

ECONOMICS WORKSHOP: Prosperity - The Real and the Unreal - May 18, 2014

All are welcome to attend the School’s special events program, which draws from a broad spectrum of disciplines in the arts and sciences. The programs are organized and presented by senior students in the School who speak from direct experience in seeking to make philosophy practical within their chosen field.

Each event offers good food for the mind, body and spirit and is open to school members, their family, friends, colleagues as well as the general public.

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HOMER'S ODYSSEY
AS SPIRITUAL QUEST
A Lecture with
Mr. David Beardsley


Along with the Iliad, Homer's Odyssey is the wellspring of Western literature. It offers a glimpse into the lives of humans and gods in ancient Greece and a rousing adventure story with evil monsters, beautiful goddesses and narrow escapes. But it's also an allegory of a soul journeying from multiplicity and strife back to unity and love. Overcoming trials and temptations, including a visit to Hades, Odysseus casts off his warlike persona and learns to restrain his senses and desires.

In this presentation we will trace his return from darkness to light, his re-union with his family, and his reclaiming “my very self,” the rightful ruler of “my native land.”

Join us to explore this eternal masterpiece on Saturday May 10th.  Light refreshments will be served.  Tickets may be purchased here or at the Registration Office on the 1st floor of 12 East 79th Street.

Date:  Saturday, May 10th
Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  12 East 79th Street, New York City
Fee:  $20.00


Please Note: Special Events tend to sell out quickly; it is suggested that you register well in advance to secure a seat. Lecture and event registrations are non-refundable and not transferable to other events/lectures.

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ECONOMICS WORKSHOP
Prosperity:  The Real and the Unreal


Our next event in the series A Fresh Look at The Economy.

The standard method for measuring economic growth is GDP or Gross Domestic Product. However, GDP measures economic activity in dollar terms but says nothing about the value of dollars spent or our real level of prosperity. In attempting to quantify more aspects of life, we may be transitioning from a market-based economy to a market-based society where everything is quantified in dollar terms.

Fortunately, more holistic measures of economic growth are available which address our needs and also the essential aspects of our nature, thus raising some fundamental questions about the way our economy operates.

In the course of this two-session workshop we will first provide an overview of GDP and review some more inclusive ways to measure economic progress. In the second session we will explore some of the wider issues relating to an increasingly quantitative approach to measuring economic progress and try to establish some principles that could guide us in the search for a more equitable world.

Please join us on Sunday morning, May 18th.  Tickets may be purchased here or at the Registration Office on the 1st floor of 12 East 79th Street.  No prior knowledge of economics is necessary to fully participate in this workshop.

Date:  Sunday, May 18th
Time:  9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Location:  12 East 79th Street, New York City
Fee:  $15.00

 

Please Note: Special Events tend to sell out quickly; it is suggested that you register well in advance to secure a seat. Lecture and event registrations are non-refundable and not transferable to other events/lectures.

 

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