Seminars

Discuss fascinating topics with an engaging expert and an intimate group of fellow lifelong learners.

Upcoming Events

15.00
Brian Frye
Copyright & Fair Use for Artists & Filmmakers
Speaker: 
Brian Frye
Thursday, December 3rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

This seminar will provide a practical introduction to concepts in copyright law, tailored to artists and filmmakers. Among other things, we will discuss what copyright does and doesn’t protect, and when the fair use doctrine applies to copyrighted works.

30.00
Andrew Henry
Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

15.00
Olivier Corneau
Fake It ‘Till You Make It: How to Start Your Art Career with Limited Resources
Speaker: 
Olivier Corneau
Monday, December 7th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join Olivier Corneau for an inspirational and interactive talk about his journey from aspiring artist to successful artist with exhibitions worldwide. Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and how you can begin a life of professional creativity.

100.00
Diana Fleischman
Evolutionary Psychology: Foundations, Questions, and Controversies
Mondays & Thursdays, December 7th, 10th, 14th, & 17th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series introduces the basics of the field and examines how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

15.00
Olivier Corneau
Fake It ‘Till You Make It: How to Start Your Art Career with Limited Resources
Speaker: 
Olivier Corneau
Wednesday, December 9th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join Olivier Corneau for an inspirational and interactive talk about his journey from aspiring artist to successful artist with exhibitions worldwide. Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and how you can begin a life of professional creativity.

25.00
Lauren Joy Herley
Presence, Excellence, & Resilience: A Professional Circus Artist’s Daily Principles and Story of International Success
Friday, December 11th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join Cirque du Soleil principale character, rope artist, contortionist, and acrobat Lauren Joy Herley in this interactive talk that will take you behind the curtain of an international circus career and shed light on the persistence required to achieve professional success.

50.00
Garett Jones
Why 2020 Makes the Case for 10% Less Democracy
Speaker: 
Garett Jones
Wednesday, December 16th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

How did U.S. government elites handle the many crises of 2020? Garett Jones argues that in 2020, the elites did well (at least, when they kept a safe distance from the voters).

20.00
Ilya Somin
Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom
Speaker: 
Ilya Somin
Wednesday, December 16th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join George Mason University professor of Law, author, and Cato Institute scholar Ilya Somin in this interactive exploration of ideas introduced in his new book, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom.” Ilya will explain how “voting with your feet” has important advantages over conventional ballot-box voting, and how expanding foot voting opportunities – particularly by breaking down barriers to international migration – can increase freedom and happiness for many millions of people around the world.

60.00
Roy Dean
Optimizing Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Journey
Speaker: 
Roy Dean
Friday, December 18th, 6pm-7pm PT / 9pm-10pm ET

Jiu-Jitsu isn’t just about training hard; it’s about training smart. This seminar will give you an overview of the journey to black belt and how to optimize your training for that goal.

25.00
Sharon Louden
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Turning the Corner into 2021
Speaker: 
Sharon Louden
Monday, December 21st, 6-7:30pm PT / 9-10:30pm ET

In our ever-changing world, what are the key ingredients to living and sustaining a creative life? Join artist, author, and acclaimed lecturer Sharon Louden in this talk dispelling the belief that there is only one way to chart a path into a creative and sustainable life as an artist.

Past Events

30.00
Andrew Henry
Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Wednesdays, Nov. 4th and 11th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

30.00
Andrew Henry
Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Tuesdays, Oct. 13th and 20th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

25.00
Chavi Karkowsky
Health Care, Science Fiction, and Hope: The Ethics and Ramifications of Prenatal Genetic Testing
Speaker: 
Chavi Karkowsky
Monday, October 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

They say knowledge is power, but is it always? As a maternal-fetal medicine physician, Dr. Chavi Karkowsky has seen how genetic testing can empower her patients -- and also open a Pandora’s Box they wish they could close. Join Dr. Karkowsky for this exploration of the history, science, and human experience of modern prenatal genetic testing.

25.00
Joseph Stenberg
The Philosophy of Happiness
Speaker: 
Joseph Stenberg
Saturday, October 3rd, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

What is happiness? Philosophers have been debating this question for millennia. In this interactive seminar, philosopher Joseph Stenberg will lead us in an engaging discussion of different philosophies of happiness and their implications for our own lives. 

35.00
John Sitter
Art Imitating Life: How Climate Fiction Addresses Climate Change
Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

40.00
Cynthia Neal Spence
Seeking Justice for All: Race and the Criminal Justice System
Sundays, September 13th and 20th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, award-winning sociology professor and director of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, for this two-part lecture examining the history of race and the criminal justice system.

30.00
Andrew Henry
Magic in Antiquity: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, and Heal
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, September 12th and 19th, 3-4pm PT / 6-7pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

25.00
John Finn
Hate Speech and The First Amendment: A Short Course for Concerned Citizens
Speaker: 
John Finn
Friday, September 4th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Join award-winning professor of constitutional law John E. Finn for this timely seminar. We’ll explore what the First Amendment does—and does not—say about the place of hate speech in American political culture.

15.00
Joseph Stenberg
The Philosophy of Happiness
Speaker: 
Joseph Stenberg
Friday, May 8th, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

What does it mean to be happy? Philosopher Joseph Stenberg will help us understand how various thinkers' answers to that question can guide our own pursuit of happiness.

15.00
Bethany Johnson & Margaret Quinlan
You're Doing it Wrong! Navigating Advice About Infertility

People dealing with infertility have a dizzying array of experts (and self-described experts) to turn to for advice, and the directives they share may be contradictory and of variable quality. Guided by their academic research and personal experiences, Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan will help us understand the historical precedents for the advice we're given and how we can navigate it.

15.00
Andrew Henry
Excavating Ancient Religion
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Wednesday, April 29th, 9-10am / 12-1pm ET

Religion scholar and former archaeological excavator Andrew Henry takes us on a journey into the past. We'll try to pinpoint the origins of religion and discuss the challenges of doing so.

15.00
Étienne Brown
Fake News & Free Speech
Speaker: 
Étienne Brown
Tuesday, March 24th, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Join philosopher Étienne Brown for a lively discussion about the tensions between free speech and fake news.