This semester we’ll study “Aesthetic Realism and People,” a lecture by Eli Siegel vital to everyone’s life. Its broad perspective joins past and present, and the people of all continents to your own life.
1. Sept. 25 The Oneness of Difference and Sameness
An unbroken line of continuity, sameness, joins every person who ever lived — from Syria to Teheran, Montevideo, and Indian Country, U.S.A.
2. Oct. 9 The Dilemma of Hamlet in Anthropology & the America of Today
Is the conflict of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in New Guinea too, and New York, and New England? — but in another form?
3. Oct. 23 One and Many in Every Self
Have you wanted to be a Pacific Islander, and more? What would it feel like to be a Dobuan? An African hunter?
4. Nov. 6 Trying to Have a Happy Life: Native American Hopes and Yours
From the great poem “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana” in which Eli Siegel wrote: “Indians, Indians went through Montana, / Thinking, feeling, trying pleasurably to live.” Is one’s deepest desire everywhere to like the world, as Aesthetic Realism states?
5. Saturday, Nov. 23 (Not Wed. Nov. 20) — Africa! Africa! Africa! Yes!
We meet at the Metropolitan Musem of Art @ 11 AM (in the main entry hall) with The Visual Arts and the Opposites class taught by Marcia Rackow to study how newly shown masterpieces in the Rockefeller Collection make life more exciting and more composed.
6. Dec. 4 For & Against, & the Victory of Liking Something
The desire to fight and the desire to love are in a worldwide and all-history battle — from China to the Amazon to you — which can be won only by good will, seen by Aesthetic Realism as the high point of education.
7. Dec. 18 Students Explain: How I'm Seeing the Value of Another Culture!