Institute of World Culture

The Institute offers a variety of ways to participate in its activities, including in-person meetings, online live webcasts, and online meetings via Zoom. The format for each meeting and information on how to participate will be included in the description of each event. 

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Opening Doors through Non-Violence and Magnanimity
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Towards A Rebirth of Humanity: The Big Diagram
Forum: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 3:00–5:00 pm (PDT)
A panel of speakers will attempt to uncover the dynamics and forces at play as humanity remakes itself in the image of hope, healing, and harmony.
Modes of participation: In-person and live webcast
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Study Circle
For November and December we will be taking up issues related to the environment, including COP 26!
Please join us via Zoom!
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Juneteenth – African American Contributions to Music
Just made a federal holiday to commorates the end of slavery in the United States, Rhiannona Giddens, folk singer, multi-instrumentalist, and classically trained opera singer points out African American contributions to music.
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Unchained Melody
Buskers Allie Sherlock and Cuan Durkin sing "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers on the streets of Dublin, Ireland
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Chip Thomas – Physician and Street Artist
Physician and street artist shares stories of his life as a doctor and social activist on the Navaho Reservation
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Henry David Thoreau – Messages from the Imagination
Observations on his book "A Week on the Merrimack and Concord Rivers" and his correspondence with Harrison Blake.
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dancer's hands

In The Hands of Artists
What are our hands to us?
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Tolstoy as Teacher
The great Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright and essayist, Leo Tolstoy, became passionate about teaching in 1859, considering it to be, in his own words, "the most important work in the world because everything we dream of can only come to life thanks to the next generations." His hope was to bring together the nobility and peasantry, which he sought to do by teaching the younger generation.
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Photo of Leo Tolstoy and local Russian children, taken in the 19th century

Explore the Getty Museum Online
In depth podcasts that cover a range of topics. Explore "The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World – and Globalization Began". Take a more inclusive look of India's history with Curator Naman Ahuja.
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Spaceshuttle Endeaver
Take a virtual tour of the impressive exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA.
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Poetry - "Epipsychidian" and LibriVox
"True love in this differs from gold and clay, that to divide is not to take away." This remarkable poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the world's greatest poets, plus many other of Shelley's works are read by Leonard Wilson on LibriVox. LibriVox is a Public Domain site in the USA and available for free.
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Google Arts & Culture
An online resource for exploring museums, works of art, places and more from where you are.
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On Being | Interviews with Krista Tippett
On Being is a public radio conversation and podcast hosted by Krista Tippett. It examines the "animatiing questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live". Her programs pursue deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, in order to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.
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Honoring John Lewis
Civil Rights Hero John Lewis, a 17-term Georgia Congressmember, was a singular force for equality and justice in America. He was remembered July 30th at his funeral in Atlanta.
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Bolero | Julliard
Collaborations are taking new turns. View an exciting and inspiring video collaboration of Julliard students and alumni dancing in their own unique way to the music of Bolero.
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Rosa Parks

Paradigm Shift Happens
Paradigm shifts happen, and they are not random. Human consciousness causes and shapes them. And we seem to be experiencing one right now. 
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Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds)
For Nicholas Roerich, mountains are the physical embodiment of Enlightenment.
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astronaut looking at space from rocket window

The Overview Effect
Astronauts are so overwhelmed by the view from space that they often experience radical alterations in their perspectives.
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Am I as Clever as a Squirrel?
Squirrels were eating his birdseed. Can he outwit them with mechanical engineering?
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Lincoln reading to child

Wise Men of the East
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, tooshall pass away." How much it expresses!
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The Man Who Planted Trees
A tale of generosity – an inspiring story of what can be done by one man to restore life to an environment.
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Desmond Tutu and HH the 14th Dalai Lama

A Call to Unite Message from His Holiness
Special message from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama read by his friend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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Botso, the teacher from Tblisi

Botso, The Teacher from Tblisi
The amazing story of nonagenarian Wachtung “Botso” Korisheli – musician, sculptor, beloved teacher to generations and an inspiring example of human resilience.
View documentary for free through May 15

Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin's Comment on War as a Theme
In the afterword of the pioneering novel, EarthSea: the Wizard of Earthsea, the author Ursula Le Guin explains why she does not use war or military heroes as a framework for her novels.
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tree in wind

An original poem by Ibrahim Ibn Salma Click here

A poem by Edwin Markham Click here

Channel Islands kelp forest

Channel Islands Kelp Forest
Experience one of the richest marine environments in the world with a virtual visit to the Channel Islands Ocean Webcam.
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Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and street dancer Lil Buck, perform Camille Saint-Saens' "The Swan" at China's National Center for the Performing Arts, part of the U.S.-China Forum on Arts and Culture.
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Lilacs at Descanso Gardens

Where Nature Meets Culture
A garden is where nature and culture meet. Descanso Gardens is a unique and magical Southern California landscape of rare natural beauty.
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California poppies

California Poppies at Their Best
Live camera of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve's stunning spring display.
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Brian Stevenson

We Need to Talk About Justice
In an engaging and personal TED talk, human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, inspiring one of the longest and loudest standing ovations in TED's history.
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Aplollo 13 moon view

Apollo 13 Moon Views
IN 1970, the Apollo 13 spacecraft looped around the far side of the moon. New technology has increased the resolution, and it's completely amazing.
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North Campus Open Space
Have you ever visited UCSB's North Campus Open Space? The Cheadle Center for Ecological Restoration and Ecology (CCBER) is an unprecendented restoration project that currently has 1.4 miles of public trails. Click here for more information

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streaming
During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of its audience members. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company's 'Live in HD' series is being made available on the Met's website.
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Alma Deutscher

Alma Deutscher Honors Beethoven's 250th Birthday
This year marks the 250th birthday of one of the most revered composers who ever lived. Using themes from his own music, child prodigy Alma Deutscher has written, and plays two waltzes to honor this special occasion.
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howling wolves

Deep Ecology
In April, 2020 the IWC Study Circle took up the study of Deep Nature. We discovered a number of ways to gain new perspectives and insights into the topic through an understanding of sound dynamics. Click here to watch videos

birds on a branch

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
A poem by the English poet, Emily Dickinson who describes hope as "the thing with feathers", which keeps so many warm while asking nothing for itself. Click here for the full poem

Michael Tilson Thomas

'Keeping Score' with the San Francisco Symphony
Explore the lives of eight influential composers from around the world wth Michael Tilson Thomas.
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Turkish villager whistling

People Who Talk Like Birds
Kusköy, Turkey is a remote mountain village with an ancient form of communication–whistling. More than 70 groups around the world whistle to express themselves and it is giving neuroscientists a reason to rething the fundamental organization of the brain.
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Concerts at Home with Camarata Pacifica
Camarata Pacifica, one of the world's finest chamber music groups, is offering Live Concerts each Sunday for free.
Click here for how to sign up and for other offerings

Islamic stained glass window

Rumi, Poetry and Sufi Mysticism
The Rumi Education Center in Santa Barbara is hosting monthly webinars on Rumi's greatest work, which embraces the concepts of tolerance, pluralism, humanism and non-violence.
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