Fall 2016

November 18th

Macalester College

Olin Rice Center
Smail Auditorium

Buffet 6:30
Program 7:30

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November 18th
Macalester College
Olin Rice Center
Smail Auditorium

Bob Schmitt

The Nine Gates scrolls,
thresholds of a spiritual journey.

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November 18th 2016:
R. Alan James

Director's Notes:.

William Butler Yeats is memorable at least in this verse: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. This verse defines our world and time. I sense that without the arts - language, poetry and a cultivated imagination- the profound meanings of life can be overwhelmed with noise. In November, we intend to pay attention to an artist and artistic vision. His theme draws on a mysterious medieval book of this title about which we’ll converse. So much for the interior work of the soul. In January we’ll explore what Thomas Jefferson considered to be foundation for a country . What did he think? How informed historically were his conceptions of what a nation can be? We the people have a large assignment in determining how well did he “MakeAmerica.”

In January Dr. Anthony Flipovitch presents Makers of America: Thomas Jefferson.

Some people have asked for a mss. of Dr. Armajani’s presentation on Political Islam. Ask about this if you are interested.East.”

See this YouTube posting of our visit from John Taylor Gatto:

Here is a PDF of Emilio DeGrazia's
March 2014 manuscript:

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