[26 minutes] In this book club for East and West Learning Connections, I discuss the book of Genesis and the first 200 lines of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. This is the first in a series of lectures in which we will be looking at books from the past 2000 years that influenced English literature. Some of the themes we will be looking at are the importance of free will, the individual in society, the role of the gods and fate, the nature of virtue, and love, happiness, and gratitude. Next month we will carry on discussing Ovid’s Metamorphoses but we will look at Book 10. We will also discuss the Bible book of John. After that we will read Dante, Virgil, Chaucer, Plato, and Aristotle, among others. Membership in the East and West Learning Club is available to the public here.
Transcendent work or burnout?
Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy
Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetorics - a brief introduction
Lost families: Toxic masculinity and other topics in Ancient Greek tragedy
Alex + Ada - science fiction concepts
"It's a white industry" - and how does that make you feel?
Chris Rock, "It's a white industry" - references to movies like Zoolander and Beverly Hills Cop II
A petting zoo of nightmares - The Oatmeal and visual argument
"Sex, lies and conversation" - an analysis - Discussion about the Deborah Tannen article
Love as the pursuit of the good
Addiction and trauma - Gabor Maté's "Embraced by the title"
The Book of John and the story of Orpheus
Prepping for the critical response essay exam
The world is too much with us
How to find sources - newspaper articles and subject guides
What is a good source? What is the reliability of a source?
Who gets the milk in your household?
Alex + Ada - Essay topic outline
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