NEW Slow Reading Pathway: Jose Ortega y Gassett, “On Love” (4th Quarter 2023)
Upcoming: 1st Quarter 2024:
- Jose Ortega y Gassett, “Revolt of the Masses” (Tues afternoon)
- Cervantes, Don Quixote de La Mancha Part I (Tues evening). Sign up below for a free seminar event on a selection from Don Quixote, Tuesday evening, November 7th, with Reynaldo Miranda. Free PDF copy of the selection will be sent to registrants.
4th Quarter 2023 Start date: Tuesday October 10, 2023
(1st Quarter 2024 Start date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024)
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3 pm EST/2 pm central/12 noon Pacific.
Meeting Frequency: Weekly
Session length: 1.5 hours
Instructors: Reynaldo Miranda and Miryam Bujanda
Pathway Duration: 1 Quarter (3 Months)
The Design of the Pathway, “The Great Books of Iberia”
This program is designed to help participants to make the most of classic texts in the Iberian subset of the Western tradition, by slow reading and conversing.
Understanding happens through the practices of reading and thoughtful discussion, and by letting the authors speak for themselves. A short list of writers of interest, far from exhaustive, include:
- Miguel de Cervantes, Quixote, parts I and II
- Luis Vaz de Camoes, The Lusiads
- Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life in Men and Nations
- Jose Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses
- Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon (excerpt)
- George Santayana, The Last Puritan
Participants may begin at any point in the series.
Great books reading lists in American educational circles are very good lists and fairly reliable.
But they are doubly filtered through 1) American eyes, 2) Anglophone, especially British, eyes (as one would expect, these lists are partly situational [e.g. a German list is going to look a little different from an American one]); such that, the modern portions are mostly English, French, German, Russian, and a few other authors, and various Iberian, Italian, and Swiss authors and works that should be there are left off, Jewish and Islamic authors are almost ignored which is anachronistic, and the period from late antiquity to the Renaissance is very much neglected.
Those who are educated in the United States tend to have a relatively optimistic outlook on life.
This makes it difficult for many Americans to understand the outlook of much of Hispanic culture.
One cultural group (Americans) trying to figure out another (Hispanics) faces the impediment that many Spanish speaking writers are perceived somewhat as downers.
Works such as Unamuno’s The Tragic Sense of Life…might appear antithetical to our traditional optimism.
Why the Iberian Great Books?
Anyone with an interest in the great books, and the “best that is thought and said” will be interested in this pathway, since we are offering many authors who might otherwise be overlooked in Anglophone Great Books lists.
Moreover, those who might be interested in exploring the thought of the great Iberian writers, for the sake of reaching a deeper understanding and appreciation of their thought, will be interested in this pathway.
The Iberian contribution to the whole of our Western tradition/conversation, though often overlooked, is indispensable and of incalculable value.
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Free Don Quixote Seminar: Tuesday evening, November 7th
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