Virtual Symposium Series
Sundays, May 9 – June 30, 2021 – Full Series Access Tickets available here.
Join us for this very special virtual symposium in which we’ve gathered a diverse array of presenters to offer insight into our evolving and essential relationships with ourselves, each other, and the natural world.
In this mix-and-match series, each week two presenters will discuss related topics from different perspectives and experiences, showing their path of exploration and discovery. Registrants will be able to watch each presentation for several days prior to a live, moderated Q&A with the creators and select panelists on Sundays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. PDT via Zoom.
Revisit the full series before June 30th! Consider full access tickets available on Eventbrite here!
Week 1 – May 5-9, “Ineffable Nature”
Two men who lived a century apart experienced a deeper connection to the natural world which changed their lives and countless others.
Exclusive classical guitar concert by Xavier Jara, performing “In the Woods” by Toru Takemitsu, and film screening of “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” followed by Q&A with Jara and film director Michael M. Conti. Presentation streaming begins May 5, live Q&A discussion Sunday, May 9.
Week 2 – May 12-16, “Inspiration, Preservation, and Paradox”
The movement to reflect nature in spaces we create.
Come ponder the philosophical ideals of the Arts & Craft movement with Architectural Historian Leslie Freudenheim and Author and Lecturer on the Arts & Crafts Movement Edward R. Bosley, Jr.. Presentations stream beginning May 12, live Q&A discussion Sunday, May 16.
Week 3 – May 19-23, “Data: Art Informing Science & Life”
Seeking a collaboration of heart and mind for our future.
Obi Kaufmann, author and illustrator, integrates mathematics and an academic discipline into his own brand of storytelling. These “systems stories” meld analysis and aesthetics, presenting a new vision for the conservation of California as a single, integrated body of globally-important biodiversity.” Presentations stream beginning May 19, live Q&A discussion Sunday, May 23.
Week 4 – May 26-30, “Balance, Harmony, and Conflict”
Our relation to nature reflects our relation to each other.
Lisjan-Ohlone Tribal Spokesperson Corrina Gould discusses responsibility and reciprocity on stolen homelands by asking what it means to be in a right relationship, how we can contribute to the restoring and re-storying of the land even through small acts. Presentation streaming begins May 26, live Q&A discussion Sunday, May 30.
Week 5 – June 2-6, “Architecture as Esotericism in Wood and Stone”
Spaces that reflect spiritual aspirations here and around the world.
How are spiritual values and truths reflected in the architecture of places of worship and teaching, and how did it reflect in different cultures? Colette Walker will examine the history and legacy of artistic interchange between Hindu-Buddhist India and Colonial Christian Britain. Dr. Paul Ivey will look at the varieties of styles in New Church architectures over the years. Presentation streaming begins June 2, live Q&A discussion Sunday, June 6.
Week 6 – June 9-13, “The Heavenly and the Worldly”
Inspirations, movements, and plans for the useful and beautiful in civic and liturgical life.
Exploring the juncture of art & spirt, Architect Dr. Kristen Schaffer discusses the heavenly spaces of Daniel H. Burnham while Art Historian Holly Mitchem describes the worldly appeal of Bruce Porter’s stained glass. Presentation streaming begins June 9, live Q&A discussion Sunday, June 13. Donation-based tickets available here.
Week 7 – June 16-20, “Capturing the Transcendent in Nature”
Artists who sought to show on canvas what is intangible in nature. Tickets on Eventbrite here.
Art Historian Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell explores the landscapes of George Inness and William Keith while Rev. Dr. Jim Lawrence looks to the deeper meaning in Keith’s art. Presentation streaming begins June 16, live Q&A discussion Sunday, June 20. Donation-based tickets available here.
Bonus Week 8 – June 21-30, “Bathing in Light and Life: Discovery, Appreciation, and Renewal”
Self-renewal through discovery, mindfulness, and appreciation. Tickets on Eventbrite here.
Join Lila Higgins as your guide on a virtual Forest Therapy Walk to deepen your experience with a mindful saunter in nature. Songwriter and fingerstyle guitar champion Muriel Anderson enchants with a performance on harp guitar and a multimedia virtual concert celebrating joys and wonders of life. Presentation streaming begins June 21, live Q&A discussion Sunday, June 24. Donation-based tickets available here.