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August 2018

Discussion: Dream Logic in Narrative

August 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
ENSO Winery, 1416 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, US
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Discussion facilitator: Josef GinsbergTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:What does dream logic entail, and to what extent does it operate in fictional narratives? Can psychoanalysis by applied to literature, and can literary analysis be applied to dreams? How do stories and dreams intersect? Carl Jung argues that dreams are ideas communicated from our unconscious in the form of mythic narrative. They are spontaneous narratives produced when the rational mind is at rest. Havelock Ellis, in "Logic of Dreams" (1910), claims that dreaming…

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Lecture: The uncanny, psychoanalysis, and the return of the repressed

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENSO Winery, 1416 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, US
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Lecturer: Kellye McBrideTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Description:The horror film emerged as a form of artistic expression along the same time as psychoanalysis, and ideologically the two have remained linked ever since. In Sigmund Freud’s only aesthetic investigation, “The Uncanny,” he describes the experience of being uneasy about an uneasy topic, which sets the tone for how he theorizes the unheimlich or uncanny. Uncanny subjects have long been the fascination of art-horror, from dolls come to life to a literal sense of…

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Discussion: Is repression sufficient for understanding horror?

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Oak Street Cafe, 815 SE Oak Street |
Portland, or 97214 us
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ATTENTION: We'll be meeting at our new venue, Oak Street Cafe. Please check location and address details so that you don't go to the wrong spot! Discussion facilitator: Kellye McBrideTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:Discussion: Is repression sufficient for understanding horror? This discussion will focus primarily on Freud’s essay The Uncanny and the “return of the repressed” and whether or not these concepts are still relevant in light of a critique of psychoanalysis. The aim for this discussion is twofold: to gain…

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Lecture: Industrial virus: activism and deep ecology

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oak Street Cafe, 815 SE Oak Street |
Portland, or 97214 us
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ATTENTION: We'll be meeting at our new venue, Oak Street Cafe. Please check location and address details so that you don't go to the wrong spot! Lecturer: Gregory SotirTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:1: The definition of capitalist civilization as a cancerous growth is a reflection on the negative aspects of industrialization. Various religious factions used the ethic of the busy-ness of labor as a marker for devotion, especially the Calvinists who landed in Plymouth Rock 400 years ago. The railroads and…

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The People’s Stage: Ideas and Art

August 13 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ENSO Winery, 1416 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, US
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This open mic is for ideas and art - all are welcome! It's a great way to hear a variety of ideas after our weekly discussions and lectures, provided by participants, teachers - and yourself, if you like! Some of our open mics have a theme, which will be listed here when this is the case. Additional documents:• Syllabus: http://peoplescolloquium.org/peoples-stage-syllabus/• Guidelines for Participation: http://peoplescolloquium.org/guidelines/

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The People’s Stage – Philosophy and Art

August 13 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ENSO Winery, 1416 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, US
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The People’s Stage - Philosophy and Art is a stage-based workshop for philosophers and visual artists who want to share thoughts and artwork with an audience composed of philosophers, artists, and the general public. You should attend if:• You want to get on stage and share thoughts and artwork• You want engage with and provide feedback to those who take the stage• You want to be part of a community of artists and thinkers Additional documents:• Forum for weekly announcements…

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Discussion: Eschatology and Survival

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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ATTENTION: We'll be meeting at our new venue, Portland Coffee Roasting's Oak Street Cafe. Please check location and address details so that you don't go to the wrong spot! ATTENTION: This discussion will last from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, a half hour longer than normal. (This may become our normal discussion length.) Discussion facilitator: Gregory SotirTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:Eschatology is a theological term deriving from the Greek words ‘last’ and ‘discourse’. It is concerned with the four last things: death, judgement,…

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Lecture: Humanity is hopeless, The Pessimism of Lovecraft, Bakker, and Ligotti

August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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ATTENTION: We'll be meeting at our new venue, Portland Coffee Roasting's Oak Street Cafe. Please check location and address details so that you don't go to the wrong spot! ATTENTION: We'll be starting our lecture this week at 7:30pm. (This may become our new start time for lectures.) Lecturer: Richard PopeTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:The world can seem a dark place, and few have framed it as darkly as the authors H. P. Lovecraft, R. Scott Bakker, and Thomas Ligotti. In…

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Discussion: Philosophical Abstraction and Speculative Fiction

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Discussion facilitator: Josef GinsbergTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:What is the relationship between philosophy and speculative fiction? Is speculative fiction elaborate thought experimentation? How does narrative make philosophy tangible, and what is the purpose of doing so? Are narratives ultimately allegories of conceptual abstraction? Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a prototypical work of speculative fiction. It may get at the heart of narrative generally: a move from a familiar conceptual paradigm to one that is unfamiliar——essentially an expansion of a protagonist’s…

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Lecture: Psychohistorical representations of Claustrophobic Rage

August 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Lecturer: Gregory SotirTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:Lecture One focused on the fracture in human culture from our connections to the natural world via mechanistic thought, language definitions that codified economic despair, and the imposition of fear and guilt-based religious structures, Lecture Two on the abuse of environmental and ecological niches and recent disruption of planetary biosystems. The question of can the ‘fracture’ that caused this intense disassociation with the creative and imaginative spirit be healed still is an open one. It…

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