ONLINE SEMINAR
November 15 | The Hero with a Thousand Faces

$350.00

Published in 1949, Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces brought together the latest psychological research and Campbell’s own ground-breaking ideas in comparative mythology. His description of what he called the ‘hero’s adventure’—what has become more widely known as the hero’s journey—has found deep resonance in contemporary culture, and it introduced audiences to his wider message of the relevance and importance of myth and story to human life.

Over the six weeks of this seminar, we’ll follow closely Campbell’s portrayal of the stages of the Adventure of the Hero in the first half of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, along with selections from the writings of Carl Jung. To help visualize and illuminate his thesis, we’ll also use two classic films—The Wizard of Oz, from 1939, and Star Wars, from 1977, that many have said bring to life Campbell’s story of the hero. Campbell’s ideas have inspired millions of people. What will they mean to you?

When: Six weekly sessions on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, starting November 15, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$278 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 14-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 not 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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Description

LEADERS

Susan Chamberlin is a lifelong pursuer of the wisdom of great works through formal inquiry in discussion with other learners. She is currently a tutor in the Humanities at Harrison Middleton University and vice president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. By day she is the CEO of an early-stage investment fund and the chair of BSTX, a joint venture in financial technology. She lives in New York City.

Mark Cwik is the education manager for Classical Pursuits. He is a longtime Toronto Pursuits and trip leader and has been an organizer of adult great books discussion groups for 25 years. He specializes in literature from the ancient, mythic and religious world. Mark lives in London, England, where he also leads seminars with the London Literary Salon.

TEXTS

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 3rd edition, by Joseph Campbell
(New World Library, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1577315933

The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, distributed by Loew’s Inc., 1939 (film)

Star Wars, written and directed by George Lucas, Lucasfilms Ltd, distributed by 20th Century Fox, 1977 (film)

PDFs of further readings for the seminar will be provided upon registration

 

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Published in 1949, Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces brought together the latest psychological research and Campbell’s own ground-breaking ideas in comparative mythology. His description of what he called the ‘hero’s adventure’—what has become more widely known as the hero’s journey—has found deep resonance in contemporary culture, and it introduced audiences to his wider message of the relevance and importance of myth and story to human life.

Over the six weeks of this seminar, we’ll follow closely Campbell’s portrayal of the stages of the Adventure of the Hero in the first half of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, along with selections from the writings of Carl Jung. To help visualize and illuminate his thesis, we’ll also use two classic films—The Wizard of Oz, from 1939, and Star Wars, from 1977, that many have said bring to life Campbell’s story of the hero.

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

All seminars are subject to minimum enrollment of 7 participants. Click the link for full terms and conditions for Classical Pursuits online seminars.

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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