Saturday Seminars 2013-14
We have worked on:
Return of the Elders!
Unleash Your Wisdom!
For the coming 2013-14 Sessions we will discuss
Age of Enlightenment 2.0
Be one of tile first to recognize it!
Not only is our world interesting in the Chinese sense, but We the People of the world, like Rip van Winkle, are waking up after a long siesta.
How else can you explain phenomena like: "Occupy" "Arab Spring" and "Tea Party?" Long oppressed peoples are apparently spontaneously finally rising up to express dissatisfaction with their rulers, and challenging the foreign policies of the rest of world to respond. Everybody sincerely desires Democracy”, "Justice" and "Freedom." But things don't quite seem to work out.
Obviously, the new instant media technology is one of the major factors in bringing this about. Not only do they recognize the injustice of their own situation, but they see there are many in the same boat and they also see that there are other places on the planet where people live much better lives.
In the 17th and 18th centuries Western cultures experienced an "Age of Enlightenment" (the "Enlightenment") or "Age of Reason." The idea was to substitute reason for the rules of tradition and faith. Our American independence was inspired by this energetic movement.
However, in the intervening 200 years, our Enlightenment has lost some of it energy. It's time to talk about it!
To refer to an ancient Chinese saying, "Our World is in interesting times." The Cold War is over. Technology continues to advance in great leaps. Terrorism has replaced Communism as the "common enemy". Wealth and Poverty continue to grow. Productivity is mushrooming as is the impact of our species on the planet.
The individual citizen is assaulted with a blinding array of propaganda from every conceivable source. Religious, commercial, political. We have every reason to be concerned with social, political, health, educational, commercial, international, local etc. issues.
To this observer there are almost no easy answers. We are presented competing ideas in just about any venue. The improved flow of information has made it more difficult to ignore the shortfalls of all our institutions and that promises are rarely are fulfilled.
Most of us feel overwhelmed by our mega-governments and mega-companies. The "flow" is just carrying us along at a fast speed, and sometimes it is difficult to feel that we have much to say even about things which very closely affect our lives.
Saturday Seminar is about
empowerment of the individual. We hope to help the individual
discover strategies to help him deal effectively in this and
world through a combination of acquisition of knowledge and
what, if anything to do with it or about it.
We will learn from each other as well as many other sources. The participant is the only arbiter of his, "right answers."
Saturday Seminars Fall
Individual citizens are assaulted with a blinding array of propaganda from every conceivable source. The Third Saturday Seminar is about demystification of what is going on around us. Time will also be spent on current events. No fee.
Here is the initial draft of the Syllabus which we will continue to develop as we proceed
September 21, 2013
October 19, 2013
November 16, 2013
December No Session (Holiday Season)
January 25, 2014
February 22, 2014
March 22, 2014
April 26, 2014
May 17, 2014
This is the fourteenth session of the Third Saturday Seminar (TSS). For the 2013-2014 academic year while we investigate the possibility of "Enlightenment 2.0” (The Social Contract Renewed/Revised) we will still keep the themes of Return of the Elders, Unleash your Wisdom! alive and working. Thinking that our world is more than slightly off track, it is time for those of us can remember at least one World War, a Cold War, various other military adventures and economic slides, none of which have so far produced the desired results, or at least not for very long, to reengage with what we thought we were retiring from, and start looking for opportunities to offer our wisdom to our world.
We start every session talking a lot about current world events and will continue to do so.
Times & Location:
meets normally meets once a month on the Third Saturday from
September to November and February to June at Lone Star
College - Montgomery, 3200 College Park Drive, Conroe, Texas
Normally the meeting is held on the Third Saturday from 09:30am - 12:00 noon in Room B-102. However, please check the schedule as conflicts sometimes require the room and the date to be changed. We will be pleased to send you an e-mail the week of the session which will remind you of the meeting and usually give you links to the material to be covered. To be added to this list please sent an e-mail to: gcgconsult (at) n-star.com
in the seminar is through
the LSC Montgomery ALL (Academy
for Lifelong Learning) program or through Leisure
Learning. The ALL program
membership is $35 and allows you to participate in TSS and most
of the other
excellent ALL Activities at no additional cost (except for
materials) for the entire year..
For general information about Montgomery College
Welcome to the Third Saturday Seminar 2013-2014
Come, join the discussion! Let's see if there is hope!
Curt Gibby, Spring, Texas
Questions?: Contact Curt Gibby: gcgconsult (at) n-star.com
Seminars - Fall Sessions 2013
Lone Star College Montgomery ALL Program:
Academy for Lifelong Learning Program Description
A.L.L. Fall 2012-13 Course Schedule (PDF)
Map of campus and parking lots
Or call 936.273.7446