ONLINE SEMINAR
July 24 | On Nature: The Wonder Project Part I

$350.00

Once upon a time we wondered at the world. Wonder was the standard we used to judge natural beauty, artistic excellence and scientific achievement. But then . . . then something happened to us. It became harder to wonder. What happened to us? What did we gain and what did we lose? And can we get our wonder back? In Part One of the Wonder Project, we explore the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Nan Shepherd, Robert MacFarlane, Robin Wall Kimmerer and Mary Oliver as we consider wonder and the natural world.

When: Six weekly sessions on Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. Eastern, starting July 24, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$273 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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LEADER

Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.

SEMINAR READINGS

Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Nan Shepherd, Robert MacFarlane, Robin Wall Kimmerer and Mary Oliver. Participants will be sent links to each week’s readings.

Once upon a time we wondered at the world. Wonder was the standard we used to judge natural beauty, artistic excellence and scientific achievement. But then . . . then something happened to us. It became harder to wonder — to wonder in terms of asking questions, and to wonder with regard to standing in awe. What happened to us? What did we gain and what did we lose? And can we get our wonder back?

In Part One of the Wonder Project, we explore the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Nan Shepherd, Robert MacFarlane, Robin Wall Kimmerer and Mary Oliver as we consider wonder and the natural world. What is our place in the natural order? How do we understand our relationship to the natural world? What must we bring to that world if we hope to uncover the beauty and the mystery that lies therein? These questions will be explored as we consider some essential works nature writing.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

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