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Evolution of Wisdom Thought

June 22 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Community Room, Providence Hall

1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 United States


June 22 at 9:30 am 11:30 am EDT

1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 United States
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Wisdom thought has, in some ways, evolved since “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” the oldest extant literary work, in other ways, it has remained similar or even the same, through to the 20th century. Each society — and the religions it has fostered — has produced its own unique form of wisdom while, at the same time, deriving from and building on some of the same or similar ethical and spiritual principles that have come before it.

During these two-hour Saturday morning classes, principles from five different societies and religious traditions will be examined and discussed. Those attending will be given the opportunity to read the short classics in highly accessible translations ahead of time, which will constitute the basis for in-class lectures and for the discussions that follow.

Join us and Dr. Arthur Feinsod for the final Evolution of Wisdom Thought workshop, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 22. Each session will take place in the Community Room at Providence Hall.

The final session will focus on “Mohandas Gandhi’s Spirituality and Politics.” Staying in the 20th century but shifting to a Hindu perspective, we will examine Gandhi’s spiritual principles and how they emerge from ancient ones set forth in “The Upanishads and The Bhagavad-Gita.”

We will also look at Gandhi’s political philosophy of satyagraha and show its parallels with the civil disobedience tradition from Sophocles’ “Antigone,” through Henry David Thoreau’s “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” through Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

Cost for each session of the series is $25.

For more information, call 812-535-2952 or email provctr@spsmw.org.

For more information

Contact Providence Spirituality & Conference Center at 812-535-2952 or provctr@spsmw.org.

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Sisters of Providence

A community of vowed Catholic women religious, we joyfully live out the radical Gospel message of love, mercy and justice in today’s world. Inspired by our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are passionate about our lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy. We dedicate ourselves to helping those who might otherwise be forgotten.

Dr. Arthur Feinsod

Dr. Arthur Feinsod (BA Harvard, MA UC Berkeley, and PhD NYU) is Professor in the Indiana State Theater Department and Honors College and is President of the InterFaith Council of the Wabash Valley.  He is also a professional playwright, director and theater history scholar. Between 2001 and 2014 he served as Artistic Director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre. He has been recognized at Indiana State with the Caleb Mills Award, the Faculty Member of the Year Award from the Honors College, and, just recently, the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award.

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