Institute of World Culture

Theme for 2015

Exploring the Rich and Relevant Values of World Culture

Welcome to another year of thought and discussion at the Institute of World Culture. As you may know the theme for 2015 is Exploring the Rich and Relevant Values of World Culture. We look forward to your participation in the variety of programs being scheduled to explore this theme. A number of new speakers have agreed to present a program. At our first seminar January 17th, an introduction to concepts and topics illustrating world culture will be offered. Topics on all sources of human culture – artistic, literary, philosophical, scientific, sociological, economic, environmental and political will be explored. A review of the ten aims expressed in our Declaration of Interdependence could offer insights into the constitutive values of an emerging world culture. In this time of disturbance and great suffering throughout the world, the Institute can be a calm center of humanitarian thought and constructive vision. The proposition that ideas can change the world is more evident than cursory news may indicate. The opportunity for growth in our vision and capacity for compassion was expressed so clearly in a letter sent by Albert Einstein to The New York Times in 1950. We are adopting his observations as a source of inspiration for this year’s programs at the Institute.  

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thought and feelings 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

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Program for 2015

What is World Culture?

Saturday, January 17, 2015
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara

A panel of Institute members will present their understanding of culture and the characteristics of world culture. Propositions about how culture is cultivated and whether or not cross-cultural understanding is possible will be examined with examples. The case for the emergence of world culture will be suggested by a review of the topics for programs at the Institute during 2015. Attendees will be encouraged to share their perceptions of culture, cultural conflict, the values implicit in the concept of world culture and the evidence of an emerging world culture. Call Carolyn Dorrance at 967-1055 if you would like to be on the panel or email

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Forum and Film
Forgiveness: A Path to Peace

Saturday, January 31, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Moderator: Professor Nandini Iyer

An exploration of the requirements for and impact of forgiveness will follow the showing of a penetrating, documentary film on Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate. Recent examples of reconciliation and collective forgiveness in various countries around the world such as Rwanda will indicate how the scope and challenges of forgiveness as a deep means of conflict resolution have expanded. Discussion will include focus on how peace and the emergence of world culture depend on individuals transforming anger and hate into forgiveness and fellowship.

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