Thursday, May 8, 2014 , 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Potluck dinner followed with a presentation by the author of Faultlines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine - www.dizerega.com
About the Speaker
Gus diZerega- I am a political scientist/theorist by academic training who first got interested in studying politics during the tumultuous days of the ‘60s. I financed my Ph.D. research primarily as an artist in Berkeley, California. There I encountered people I would never have met had I remained within the traditional academic environment for during the 70s and 80s Berkeley was a center of spiritual, social, and political innovation and exploration.
Within days of receiving my Ph.D. from Berkeley I made a skeptical challenge to someone claiming magical powers. He won. I then started a very different path of study, one taking me far from academia’s libraries and into the California desert, alone on remote beaches or isolated high on mountains, immersed within Wiccan celebrations, and working for years with a Brazilian shamanic teacher. My efforts were every bit as demanding as what it took to get my Ph.D.
I hoped to integrate the science and prosperity modernity enabled with spiritual insights rooted in experiencing the world as powers and entities with awareness of their own. Only in the past few years did I feel able to contribute much in this regard. My newest book does this.
Faultlines: The Sixties, The Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine, published in 2013, puts our current political and cultural crisis in the context of recurrent themes in American history, the final bankruptcy of the Christian moral capital once supporting the Enlightenment, and a deep civilization-wide shift from spiritualities of transcendence and masculine value to one emphasizing immanence and balanced or more feminine values.
I continue publishing and organizing international conferences in the social sciences, especially on the nature of emergence in society, and recently helped start "Cosmos and Taxis," an online creative commons journal on these and related topics.
I also occasionally teach experiential workshops on experiencing the powers of the Earth, and others focusing on shamanic and spiritual healing. Ultimately this kind of knowledge cannot be transmitted in books. It must be personally experienced.
“Solving our current crises requires looking into the deepest environmental, social, mythical, and political causes that led us here. Central to our problems is the collapse of the modern world's ethical foundations, a victim of its own success. Healing requires reviving environmental and feminine values spiritually and in our culture generally. Gus diZerega's insightful analysis sheds important light on these cultural and spiritual currents begging for recognition.”
—Anodea Judith, author, Eastern Body, Western Mind and Wheels of Life.
"Cultural historian and political scientist Gus diZerega has provided thoughtful perspectives on the underlying currents of collective consciousness roiling beneath the surface of our political life. Nourishing food-for-thought for anyone seeking to understand our present dilemmas."
—Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., author of Green Psychology and The Unfolding Self
Friendly Favors Event
Cost: $20 (or 20 Thankyous) and a dish to share; $40 with no dish
Discount Cost: Applies when you RSVP and choose to give Thankyou's.
Payment Instructions: Make checks payable to IONS
- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.
Walk-ins are welcome and RSVPs are much appreciated, so we can notify you of any changes and we can prepare the space accordingly.