Our goal is to explore a range of topics and ideas in the arts and philosophy and to do so with a group of engaged discussants. We'll read primary texts and commentaries and engage with with other resources in preparation for our discussions.
We’re looking for those who want to engage in informed conversations on the topics, syllabi, and resources assigned to discuss. No particular education or experience is necessary, only an attitude that will allow participants to engage productively and positively with others in attendance.
Participants are welcome to attend those discussions most relevant to their interests or those that work best for their schedules.
Members of The People's Colloquium are encouraged to participate in discussions on a weekly or every-other-week basis.
Syllabi will be posted on meetup.com ~5+ days in advance to a discussion.
• Discussions—Discussion based meeting; syllabus provided; facilitated; 5-15 participants per discussion; 1-2 discussions per week; past and potential upcoming topics include “Shock Factor: Art That Offends,” “The Fictive Dream Versus Blind Imaginations,” “Open Forum on Biotechnology and The Future,” and “The Fermi Paradox: Exploring the Explanations”
• Book Discussions—Discussion based meetings on Speculative Fiction; syllabus provided; facilitated; 5-10 participants per discussion; 1 book discussion per month; past book discussions have included Dune, by Frank Herbert; Ice, by Anna Kavan; After the End of Art, by Arthur C Danto; and The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan
Our facilitators are chosen for their experience, education, and most importantly, their ability to effectively guide workshop discussions.
Select facilitator profiles:
• Josuee H—Josuee specializes in African-American fiction, critical race theory, and poststructuralist philosophy. Josuee earned a MA in English from Portland State University and a BA in English (with a minor in PoliSci) from the University of Oregon, however, he considers the Marine Corps his Alma Mater, where he served for five years and traveled to over twenty countries.
• Rich P—Rich’s interests include experimental literature, philosophy, theory, and Buddhism in the USA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Kent State University, and a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Fun fact about Rich: he once spent six months meditating in a Buddhist monastery.