Institute of World Culture

Program for 2022

Zoom Online Forum
Nonviolent Leadership and Respectful Communication

ONLINE VIA ZOOM*
Saturday, January 22, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm P
T
Presenter: Joseph Miller

Nonviolence in human relations means resolving disagreements without resorting to fearful coercion. Effective communication and respectful persuasion are necessary to nonviolent leadership. But what exactly is the power of persuasion? How do we morally assess persuasive acts? Should persuasion in itself be studied as an art? This meeting will explore themes and passages from Plato's dialogue, "Gorgias", named for the famous Athenian rhetorician. Distinctions between philosophy and rhetoric, dialogue and monologue, illumination and gaslighting will be examined. Oratory is necessary to democracy, and yet it so easily slips into a pandering to ignorance and prejudice for the sake of power. What are the possible safeguards to prevent this slip?

Joining the Forum: Due to the status of the pandemic, this will not be an "in-person" event. If you wish to participate in this Zoom presentation, please email donna@worldculture.org to request an invitation. Include your name and your email address. Members will be sent a link automatically.

This talk has been recorded and is available on our IWC YouTube channel: Click here
Link:https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
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Webcast
Fearlessness on the Path to Nonviolence




Saturday, January 29, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm PT
Webcast Video of Lecture
Speak
er: Professor Nandini Iyer

In observance of the death anniversary of M.K. Gandhi, January 30, 1948, Professor Nandini Iyer delivered a lecture at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, on January 30, 2007. The video of that talk will be streamed to the Institute's YouTube channel. Her lecture focused on Mahatma Gandhi's guiding principles and personal practice of nonviolence. His fearless path forged the future for India, and indeed for the world. Professor Iyer's family was actively engaged in Gandhi's nonoviolent movement for Indian independence, social reform and women's freedom. She assisted her husband, Professor Raghavan Iyer, in preparing his book, "The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi".

The video of this talk is available on our IWC YouTube channel: Click here
Link:https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
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Forum
New Visions of the Vastitude: A Three-Part Series
PART 1: February 19, 2022 - Eyes on Mars
PART 2: April 9, 2022 - Eyes on Earth
PART 3: November 5, 2022 - Eyes on Cosmos

 

PART 1 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 19, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Mars: Mars Rovers and Hellicopter" (Part 1 of a 3-part series)
Available on the IWC YouTube Channel (see link below. This will not be an in-person event)
Presenter: Russ Lewin

To live well on our planet requires greater knowledge of its complex systems. Towards this end, scientists have engaged in three bold experiments to further our understanding. Each of these three areas will be highlighted in a 3-part series. Part 1: There are currently active rovers on the surface of Mars collecting data and images that hellp us understand this complex planet. For the first time, a helilcopter is helping with exploration on Mars. We will explore their discoveries.

PART 2 - SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Earth: Earth Orbiting Satellites" (Part 2 of a 3-part series)
In-person event at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
and live-streamed to IWC YouTube Channel
Presenter: Russ Lewin

There are over 25 earth orbiting satellites that monitor the vital signs of our planet. The satellites offer detailed observations of sea level height, atmospheric CO2 concentration, Antarctic ozone, surface temperature, algae blooms, and other dynamics of our earth. We will explore the complexity of our planet through the 'eyes' of these satellites.

PART 3 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 "Eyes on Cosmos: James Webb Space Telescope" (Part 3 of a 3-part series)
Webcast. Please check back to see if it will also be an in-person event
Presenter: Russ Lewin

The new Webb Space Telescope launched on December 25, 2022. It is more powerful than the Hubble Telescope and is capable of observing galaxies that are nearly 14 billion years old. The Webb Telescope observes using infra-red light, which allows it to see objects previously unseen by the Hubble Telescope which uses primarily optical and ultra-violet light. It is able to see through giant clouds of dust by collecting infrared light, allowing investigation of ancient galaxies. It is capable of observing the very first 'baby galaxies' that scientists hope will unlock some of the secrets of the universe. It will also be able to observe the galactic center of the Milky Way and other mysterious objects in our universe.

In-Person: Event will be at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Masks are optional.
Webcast: The program will be streamed to our IWC YouTube channel. To access the broadcast when it begins at 2:00 pm, click here. It will also be available on the IWC YouTube channel after the forum: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
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Film
Marian Anderson: Challenges and Accomplishments



Saturday, March 5, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm (PT)
Live in Concord Hall (in person) and via Zoom
1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Moderator: Carolyn Dorrance

In observance of International Women's Day (March 8), a film will be shown that documents the life and accomplishments of the American singer, Marian Anderson (1897–1993). From the early challenges of family poverty and racial discrimination to her remarkable success as a singer of international repute, she opened many doors for herself and many talented African Americans. Despite her disappointments, she persevered and lived her life with magnanimity and non-violence. Her voice was called the voice of the century, and it was heard around the world by famous conductors and adoring fans alike.

This is an in-person event in Concord Hall and a Zoom program. If you wish to participate in the Zoom presentation, please email Donna Moore, donna@worldculture.org to request a link. Include your name and your email address. Members will automatically be sent a Zoom link.
In Person: Masks are recommended in Concord Hall.
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Forum
New Visions of the Vastitude: A Three-Part Series
PART 1: February 19, 2022 - Eyes on Mars
PART 2: April 9, 2022 - Eyes on Earth
PART 3: November 5, 2022 - Eyes on Cosmos

 

PART 1 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 19, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Mars: Mars Rovers and Hellicopter" (Part 1 of a 3-part series)
Available on the IWC YouTube Channel (see link below. This will not be an in-person event)
Presenter: Russ Lewin

To live well on our planet requires greater knowledge of its complex systems. Towards this end, scientists have engaged in three bold experiments to further our understanding. Each of these three areas will be highlighted in a 3-part series. Part 1: There are currently active rovers on the surface of Mars collecting data and images that hellp us understand this complex planet. For the first time, a helilcopter is helping with exploration on Mars. We will explore their discoveries.

PART 2 - SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 (PT) "Eyes on Earth: Earth Orbiting Satellites" (Part 2 of a 3-part series)
In-person event at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
and live-streamed to IWC YouTube Channel
Presenter: Russ Lewin

There are over 25 earth orbiting satellites that monitor the vital signs of our planet. The satellites offer detailed observations of sea level height, atmospheric CO2 concentration, Antarctic ozone, surface temperature, algae blooms, and other dynamics of our earth. We will explore the complexity of our planet through the 'eyes' of these satellites.

PART 3 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 "Eyes on Cosmos: James Webb Space Telescope" (Part 3 of a 3-part series)
Webcast. Please check back to see if it will also be an in-person event
Presenter: Russ Lewin

The new Webb Space Telescope launched on December 25, 2022. It is more powerful than the Hubble Telescope and is capable of observing galaxies that are nearly 14 billion years old. The Webb Telescope observes using infra-red light, which allows it to see objects previously unseen by the Hubble Telescope which uses primarily optical and ultra-violet light. It is able to see through giant clouds of dust by collecting infrared light, allowing investigation of ancient galaxies. It is capable of observing the very first 'baby galaxies' that scientists hope will unlock some of the secrets of the universe. It will also be able to observe the galactic center of the Milky Way and other mysterious objects in our universe.

In-Person: Event will be at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Masks are optional.
Webcast: The program will be streamed to our IWC YouTube channel. To access the broadcast when it begins at 2:00 pm, click here. It will also be available on the IWC YouTube channel after the forum: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
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Forum
International Ecological Resilience: Permaculture in Action

Warren Brush

Saturday, April 23, 2022
In-person: Masks are optional
Simultaneous webcast to IWC YouTube
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Warren Brush

In honor of Earth Day, Warren Brush, a global resilience design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller, and co-founder of Wilderness Youth Project and Quail Springs Permaculture in Cuyama, California, will share his experiences working with international organizations, non-profits and governments around the world to bring regenerative thinking and design to vulnerable communities around the world. He will talk about his current projects working with the Danish Refugee Council, USAID, and Mercy Corp as well as other international projects, to illuminate how permaculture principles are actually applied in a variety of contexts to solve real-time ecological and social problems in a way that works with nature, not against her. Please come in person to meet Warren and ask your questions. There will be time for discussion at the end of his presentation. After the talk, be sure to visit the Institute's law-to-natives front yard and ask your questions about how it was accomplished using sheet mulching. The venue is a half block from the Arlington Theater so please be sure to join us as part of the Earth Day Celebrations.

You may attend this event in person. However, if you are not able to attend in person, you may watch a simultaneous webcast. If attending in person, there is no need to register. Masks are optional. To view the Webcast, which starts at 2:00 pm, or to watch the webcast after the event, log on to the Institute of World Culture YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
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Forum and Dramatic Reading
LEO TOLSTOY'S MESSAGE ON OPENING DOORS THROUGH
NONVIOLENCE AND MAGNANIMITY


Tolstoy greeting children

Saturday, May 7, 2022
In-person: Masks are optional
Simultaneous webcast to IWC YouTube
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Speaker: Marcia Warrecker and her "Troupe"

This year’s IWC theme of “Opening Doors through Nonviolence and Magnanimity” rings true with the compassionate, heart centered philosophy of Leo Tolstoy. These closely related themes permeated his literary outpourings, offering up on page after page the means to resolve the problem of human conflict, which appeared to Tolstoy to be the fundamental problem of all time. The solution, for Tolstoy, didn't come easily. It was the result of an intense and agonizing search for a meaning to life. As his philosophy of nonviolence evolved, it became, for him, the basis of an explanation of life's purpose; a necessary faith, a guide to living. The particular value of Tolstoy's understanding of nonviolence, which is by no means a new idea, being the essence of the teachings of many religions, is that Tolstoy held that conflicts of every sort could best be resolved by adhering to the clear moral goals and rules of behavior provided by this ideal. The unique gift of Tolstoy was his devotion to his craft, his hours, days, years at his writing table, working relentlessly to tell stories that would illumine the spiritual values and traits of character that universally serve mankind as the foundation for all of our actions and as guides for realizing all that we strive to be. 
Tolstoy's great literary genius lay in his ability to create “real life” events and multi-faceted, believable characters – both masculine and feminine – drawn from all levels of Russian society. More so, Tolstoy created people like us and painted scenes of conflict and courage that are our reality, too, whatever our station in life. He wrote his magnificent, intricately woven novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, for the Russian aristocracy who would read them – or be read to – in their opulent Moscow and St. Petersburg salons where he, himself, had once sat. He crafted stories based on traditional oral folk epics for his beloved fellow countrymen, so that they could be amused and delighted by the antics and travails of imps, fools, and wise men at the end of a long day of heavy toil as they sat around their table. 

Well known stories such as “What Men Live By,” “The Three Hermits,” “Two Old Men,” and “Esarhaddon, King of Assyria,” each with historical significance, will be taken up.These, along with selected passages from his novels, will be read aloud at this lively IWC forum by a “troupe” of friends.  After the stories are read, there will be a Question and Answer session.  Consideration might be given to what doors need to be opened.  What is the value of magnanimity in propelling us forward?  Is this practice worth a try?  Why?

You may attend this event in person. However, if you are not able to attend in person, you may watch a simultaneous webcast. If attending in person, there is no need to register. Masks are optional. To view the Webcast, which starts at 2:00 pm, or to watch the webcast after the event, log on to the Institute of World Culture YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
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Forum
MEDITATIONS ON YOGA




Saturday, May 21, 2022
Virtual Presentation via Zoom Only (see information on obtaining a link below)
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
Presenter: Srinivas Chari

This talk will focus on the two classic texts on Yoga, which is one of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy. The first text is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, considered a manual on the theory and practice of meditation for serious practitioners. The second, the Bhagavad Gita, is the ever-popular extract from the sixth volume of the epic Mahabharata, which describes the different ways by which yoga can be practiced in daily life. The proliferation of yoga would undoubtedly contribute to the promotion of a culture of non-violence, benevolence and compassion. Time permitting, some of the manifestations of yoga that have pervaded America and the West will be discussed.

This will be a virtual presentation only. Members will receive a link to join via Zoom automatically.
For all others, please email to the address below to obtain a link:

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Founding Day Address
THE REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS OF THOMAS PAINE

NOW AVAILABLE ON THE IWC YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/c/IWCinSantaBarbara/videos
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
In person event at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
CHANGE: Digital option: We will not be able to live-stream the event, but will do it via Zoom (see for how to obtain a link)
Presenter: Maurice Bisheff

Thomas Paine believed that basic, universal principles were the foundation and driving influence of the basis of self-government in man, society, and democratic republics. Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin, Paine came to America, and became a famous pamphleteer, revising literary canons of the age.  He appealed to the faculty of “common sense” in each human being with an inspirational vision of universal human rights balancing liberty, equality, tolerance, sociability, and opportunity. His application of impersonal spirituality, philosophical reasoning, and scientific discourse were valuable ways of developing human potential for the betterment of mankind.  Therefore, Paine is relevant to our current global revolution in self-awareness and to the possibilities of a universal Republic(s) of Conscience today. Following this annual Founding Address of the Institute of World Culture, there will be a reception with refreshments.

In-Person: Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. Masks are optional.
CHANGE: Digital Option: via Zoom. This is a change from live-streaming.
Members will be sent a Zoom link Friday, July 1st. Non-members should email their name and
email address to: Robert Moore: redwardmoore7@gmail.com for a Zoom link.
The program will also be recorded and available on the YouTube channel after the event.
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Film Series
IWC 2022 SUMMER FILM SERIES
Four Saturdays in July 2022
Four Saturdays in July at 7:00 – 9:00 pm PDT
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Moderator: Robert Moore
Film Series Theme: Opening Doors through Nonviolence and Magnanimity
Join us in person for film and discussion. Masks optional in Concord Hall.
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July 9, 2022
BENDING THE ARC (2017)
This 2017 documentary film tells the story of 'Partners in Health', and doctors and humanitarians, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl, and Paul Farmer, who are devoted to innovative health care in impoverished nations. The film follows their story from their beginnings in Haiti, to treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Peru, and advocating for and implementing antiretrovoiral HIV therapy in Rwanda alongside Dr. Anges Binagwaho. (1 hour 42 minutes)


July 16, 2022
KARMA: A JOURNEY TO CONSCIOUSNESS (2005)
Karma is a thoughtful Nepalese film made by a stellar cast and crew, depicting a heartfelt story of a nun from Mustang who goes through a spiritual transformation. The nuns and monks are shown as real people with emotions, and this depiction helps viewers forge a real connection with them. The film also touches on many issues, like girl trafficking, caste-based discrimination, and casual racism. However these issues aren't in-your-face to manipulate the emotions of the viewers, rather they are presented with sensitivity, increasing its overall impact. Karma's journey becomes our journey to see the world anew. (English subtitles, 90 minutes)

July 23, 2022
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1993)
The cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale. Of popular Shakespeare movies, 'Much Ado About Nothin'g is second only to Zefrirelli's 'Romeo and Juliet'. The plot begins with a company of soldiers returning from a successful campaign only to find themselves in a new campaign for love and marriage, as well as a war of merry words and sinister deception. Comedy and tragedy interact untill magnanimity wins the day.
(1hour 51 minutes)

July 30, 2022
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: A MULTIMEDIA LIFE (2014)
This documentary film chronicles the remarkable story of Native American artist Buffy Sainte-Marie as she rises to prominence in New York's Greenwich Village folk music scene and blazes a groundbreaking path as a talented songwriter, social activist, educator, and artist. She is a remarkably unique individual, and a champion of nonviolence and human rights. An Academy Award winner, and composer of such classic songs as' Universal Soldier', 'Up Where We Belong' and 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee', Buffy has sold more than 26.5 million records throughout her career. Millions around the world know her as a regular on Sesame Street. (90 minutes)


Forum
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
VISION, PRINCIPLES, MESSAGE AND LEGACY


NOW AVAILABLE ON THE IWC YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/c/IWCinSantaBarbara/videos

Originally presented on: Saturday, August 27, 2022
2:00–4:00 pm Pacific Time in person and via live webcast
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Danson Kiplagat

To celebrate the anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963, this presentation will offer a review of Martin Luther King Jr.’s fundamental ideas and recommendations for practical action to expand civil rights for all. In particular, a video and the speaker’s analysis will focus on the inspiring and influential I Have a Dream speech given by King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The visionary message in this speech gave moral and political depth to historical and current references to the American Dream. King pointed to an ethical pathway towards unity and justice in all civil societies around the world as well as in the United States. Topics to be discussed include King’s ideas on the beloved community, the supremacy of moral law, the necessity for purity of means to achieve righteous ends, the imperative of seeking truth, practicing non-violence and expressing love. The speaker will also discuss King's six principles of non-violent direct action and the Pledge of Commitment to the non-violent movement. Discussion will follow the speaker’s talk.

There is no need to register. Masks are optional in Concord Hall
The program will be webcast live on the IWC YouTube Channel at 2:00 pm: https://www.youtube.com/user/iwcinsantabarbara/live
The program will also be recorded and posted to the same link for future viewing.
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Forum
SONGS OF CONCORD



NOW AVAILABLE ON THE IWC YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/c/IWCinSantaBarbara/videos

Originally presented on: Saturday, September 3, 2022
2:00–4:00 pm Pacific Time in person.
oncord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Joseph Miller

In 2005 a choral work, 'Four Songs of Concord', premiered in Santa Barbara, sung by Canticle Choir, a 50-voice cappella ensemble founded and directed by local choral legend, Phyllis E. Zimmerman. Zimmerman was commissioned to write the work in honor of Raghavan and Nandini Iyer, Founders of the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, and long-time educators at UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College.

'Four Songs of Concord' sets two Eastern and two Western texts, which together constitute a universal affirmation of harmony, compassion, and the human promise. The work was commissioned by students of the Iyers, and is based on world literary passages dear to them: English translations of Indian and Tibetan scriptures, as well as words from the American poet Edwin Markham and the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

At this forum, Joseph Miller, a former singer and administrator with Canticle, will present an audio recording of the 2005 performance–the final concert of Zimmerman's 46-year career of choral direction. The then 71-year-old Zimmerman, who was honored in 1995 as one of the twelve living female composers by the American Choral Directors Association, wrote and rehearsed 'Four Songs of Concord' during the first four-and-a-half months of 2005. Miller, as one of the commissioners and singers, will personally reflect on that experience, and offer a few insights about the structure and message of the composition. There will be time at the end for discussion.

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Forum
T
HE GODDESSES' CALL TO DANCE

NOW AVAILABLE ON THE IWC YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/c/IWCinSantaBarbara/videos

Originally presented on: Saturday, September 17, 2022
2:00–4:00 pm Pacific Time in person and via live-webcast
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA

Presenter: Shefali Vatsa

Navaratri (Nine Nights), is a Hindu festival that honors the many diverse manifestations of the Goddess over the course of nine days and nights. It occurs 4-5 times a year, with the spring and fall occurrences being the most well known. The fall Navaratri, Sharad Navaratri, in particular, is widely celebrated throughout India and within Indian communities around the world. The specific methods of honoring the Goddess during this time vary amongst the different regions of India, but all focus on puja, worship of the Goddess, and involve traditional chants and retellings of her divine exploits from the Devi Mahatmaya/ Chandipath.  In the Indian western state of Gujarat, Navaratri is celebrated with nine nights of inclusive garba dance, where the entire community is invited to participate in circle dancing around images of the Divine Mother who welcomes all. The Sharad Navaratri festival will soon begin. In anticipation of this, details of garba dancing, rituals of Navaratri, and the spiritual significance of both will be explored as well as images and experiences of dancers. The hope is to awaken curiosity and answer questions about this  long-standing spiritual method of cultivating personal and communal integration. There will be time at the end for discussion.

Shefali Vatsa is a graduate of UC Berkeley in history, and Pepperdine MA in clinical psychology, as well as her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She has participated in the festival of Navaratri for most of her life, more consciously as an adult, and while studying at Pacifica she chose it as the focus of her dissertation titled, 'The Goddesses’ Call to Dance: Experiences of Garba Dancers During Navaratri'.

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Forum
In cooperation with Still and Moving Center
SARVODAYA – UNIVERSAL UPLIFT

Saturday, October 1, 2022
6:00–7:15 pm Pacific Time via
Presenter: Prakash Tyagi
This event is a ZOOM only presentation in cooperation with Still and Moving Cente, Honolulu, Hawaii
Please sign up at the following link: https://stillandmovingcenter.com/2020/07/gems-from-the-wisdom-traditions-a-dialogue-circle-live-online/

Dr. Prakash Tyagi is the head of the Gandhian non-profit organization called GRAVIS https://www.gravis.org.in working to empower the total farmers, miners, and manual laborers in the Thar desert in Rajasthan, India. A medical doctor, Prakash has assumed leadership for the enormous tasks that GRAVIS undertakes. GRAVIS currently serves about 1.3 million people, providing schools, hospitals, water conservation as well as women empowerment projects. As devoted followers of Gandhi and his methods of Sarvodaya – universal uplift – Prakash's parents founded the GRAVIS organization in 1983 to serve the poorest of the poor, and Prakash takes up responsibility where his parents left off.

This presentation is a cooperation between the Still and Moving Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara. It is offered as a part of the Center's "Gems from the Wisdom Tradition", a free weekly program, which gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world's wisdom traditions. Each week, there is a focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate minds and hearts, from one of the various cultures which have in all times and places produced sparking gems of inspiration.

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Forum
NEW VISIONS OF THE VASTITUDE
EYES ON THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE



S
aturday, November 5, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm (Pacific time)
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Russ Lewin

In person and live webcast (more information below)

The James Webb Space Telescope has successfully opened the next chapter in space-based telescope astronomy. It is able to detect light beyond the visible spectrum by using the infrared spectrum. Because infrared light can travel through dense clouds of gas that blocks visible light, it is possible for the new telescope to reveal regions of the universe that were previously hidden: early galaxies, planetary formation, stellar lifecycles, exoplanets, brown dwarfs and more. The stated mission of the new telescope is to find answers to three fundamental questions:

1. We wonder. It’s our nature. How did we get here?
2. Are we alone in the universe?
3. How does the universe work?

We will view and discuss the images that the James Webb Space Telescope has taken so far. We will also discuss the instruments on board the craft and the scientific discoveries that have been made so far. These new visions may open doors that inspire insights about living well on this planet and promote understanding of our relationship to our solar system.

There is no need to register to attend in person. Masks are optional in Concord Hall.
The program will be webcast live on the IWC YouTube Channel at 2:00 pm: https://www.youtube.com/c/iwcinsantabarbara
The program will also be recorded and posted to the same YouTube Channel for future viewing.

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Forum
BOUNDLESS MIND
NEW PARADIGMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Saturday, November 19, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm (Pacific time)
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Kirk B. Gradin

In person and live webcast (more information below)

What is the nature of consciousness? This question has been with humanity since ancient times as many philosophical, spiritual, and religious traditions will attest. It has also become one of the most hotly contested issues surrounding the modern science of psychology. Thisforum will look at well-substantiated research traditions within western psychology that defy current mainstream assumptions regarding the character and possibilities of consciousness. It will include a brief overview of studies documenting pre-cognition, prophetic dreams and visions, mystical insights, adolescent genius, intuitional breakthroughs in both math and science, past-life recollections and near death experiences. We will also review some of the leading paradigms and theorists of an emerging New Psychology which synthesize modern science, existential experience and ancient philosophy. This shift of underlying assumptions accommodates rather than denies what are now considered mere "parapsychological anomalies", suggests new models of radical healing, and encourages a sustainable ethos of human interdependence and unity.

There is no need to register to attend in person. Masks are optional in Concord Hall.
The program will be webcast live on the IWC YouTube Channel at 2:00 pm: https://www.youtube.com/c/iwcinsantabarbara
The program will also be recorded and posted to the same YouTube Channel for future viewing.

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Seminar
THE HIDDEN DEPTHS OF "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"

Midsummer Night's Fairy

Saturday, December 3, 2022
Note the time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm (PT) (This is not our usual time)
This is an in-person event only
Concord House, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Marlin Roehl

"East and West are no more than names. Human beings are the same everywhere. He who wants to will conduct himself with decency . . . . If we look into the future, is it not a heritage that we have to leave posterity, that all the different races commingle and produce a civilization that perhaps the world has not yet seen?" ~ M. K. Gandhi

It has been said that William Shakespeare created modern character. Indeed, Shakespeare looked backward and forward and, most importantly, deeply inward such that he was, in the medium of time, a preserver, destroyer, and creator. Most importantly, with masterly negative capability--selfless, egoless pathos and insight--William Shakespeare transcended even that triad to discover and express so graciously and wonderfully the “vitalizing, energizing, and ever-presiding Spirit,” eternal Parabrahm, the binding substratum of all races and cultures. In this seminar, we hope to do justice to Gandhi and Shakespeare, our masterful teachers, and our community by exploring the literary aesthetics, interwoven historical threads, and metaphysical principles that make A Midsummer Night’s Dream a reality.

This is an in-person event. There is no need to register and masks are optional inside the building.

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Reception
MEMBERS' HOLIDAY RECEPTION

Saturday, December 17, 2022
6:30 – 9:00 pm (Pacific time)
Concord House, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA
In-person event only

Join fellow members of the Institute of World Culture in a celebration of the seasonal celebration of birth and renewal. Together, we will enjoy the opportunity for fellowship, a live cello performance, and holiday treats at this after dinner get-together at the Institute's Concord House.

If you would like to contribute a sweet or savory treat (vegetarian), please email donna@worldculture.org to let us know what you would like to bring.
This festive occasion is for members' of the Institute. If you are not yet a member please consider joining by emailing gerry@worldculture.org. A regular membership is $35 per person per year. Masks are optional.

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