We have several Not School groups running this month, but before I tell you about them, a word to the unfamiliar: If you’ve enjoyed the podcast episodes, becoming a PEL Citizen is an easy and inexpensive way to get involved firsthand in similarly stimulating conversations. I can vouch that these study groups are rewarding, relaxed, and very helpful in getting a grip on difficult subject matter.
First up, there is an aftershow for the Gadamer episode planned for Sunday 3/8. Stephen West and Seth Paskin will be in on this one, so Citizens who sign up can keep the conversation going with both of them. See the group’s page for more details, and if you want to get a feel for what these are like, take a listen to a preview from the Whitehead aftershow here.
Following last month’s Slavoj Zizek group, we have a new group set to read another of his, The Sublime Object of Ideology. If you’re interested in joining up with them, you can seek membership via their page here.
Our group reading Paolo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed will be having a discussion in mid-March; it’s not too late for you to join. If examining the relationship between knowledge and power sounds intriguing to you, go look them up here.
The Philosophy and Theatre Group plans to read selections from Philip Auslander’s From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism. This may be coupled with a study of some work by The Wooster Group, but the exact selections and works are still being nailed down. New members are welcome!
Our Philosophical Fiction Group is scheduled to tackle a modernist cornerstone in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Woolf reportedly believed this was the best of her novels, so join up with the group and see if you feel the same.
There are still a few proposals that need another participant or two to get them started. As of now, these include works by Kant and Adorno, Michel de Montaigne, and Emmanuel Levinas. You can look the threads up in the Citizens’ Forum if any of those sound appealing to you, and don’t forget that you can always propose a new group on a topic of your choosing.
That’s it so far this month. Enjoy your reading, everyone.
– Daniel Cole