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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OCTOBER

Film and Discussion:
EL NORTE
October 18, 2014
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Seminar:
THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES
October 25, 2014

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IWC DISCUSSION CIRCLE
TUESDAY EVENINGS
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MESSAGE FROM THE IWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Welcome back to another season of programs at the Institute of World Culture. We hope your summer was refreshing. The Fall Program will continue the theme for this year: "Freedom and Fellowship in a Changing World" in pursuit of Aim # 10 of the IWC Declaration of Interdependence. Daily, the news brings us vivid and tragic reports of change and challenges around the globe. Humanity is on the march, but is encountering horrible resistance to its efforts to bring greater freedom and justice into societies. The aim of the Institute, of course, is to plant and nurture seeds of change that will bring peaceful and constructive opportunities into the lives of all. To better understand changes coming directly into our lives, a particular focus this fall will be the challenges and benefits brought by migration and immigration. New patterns of diversity are changing the social fabric and the psychological experience of both those who migrate and those who encounter newcomers in their daily lives. Speakers and films will explore the search for new identities and the types of assimilation or alienation that immigrants are experiencing. A key question is does this global phenomenon of migration promote the emergence of world culture, and, if so, in what ways?

The Fall Program will also include explorations of space. We began this season with a look at the social space created by intentional communities and a commitment to equality with policies such as the Guaranteed Annual Income. We will look at the space created by architecture, particularly with the use of the circle to shape our experience in public space. Then we will take a journey into cyberspace aided by the fascinating tools of cyberscience. The season concludes with a look at the psychological and physiological impact on the health of individuals struggling to survive and bearing witness to the violence and injustice in contemporary global life. A path of healthy citizenship will be indicated.












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THEMES FOR THE YEAR:
2014 – FOSTERING FREEDOM AND FELLOWSHIP
IN A CHANGING WORLD

2015 – EXPLORING THE RICH AND RELEVANT VALUES OF WORLD CULTURE

QUOTE FOR THE MONTH
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
—Albert Einstein