San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“The Meaning of Life, or What’s It All About,” with Brent Harold
5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Preservation Hall
April 9, 16, 23 and 30
This course will tackle what is probably the most important question of all: Why do we bother? What gets us out of bed in the morning? What do you say to someone contemplating suicide?
Starting with the question, “What does ‘meaning’ mean?” we will consider the concept in relation to theism and atheism, work and play, pleasure, gender, family, depression, creativity, politics, community and relate these issues to our own lives. This course is for anyone looking to get in touch with the meaning of his or her own life—those struggling to “find themselves” early in life, those going through midlife crisis or contemplating a second career, and those confronting issues of retirement, aging and dying.
Brent Harold, a former English professor, is a longtime op- ed columnist for the Cape Cod Times, and author of several books. He blogs at brentharoldjournal.com. (Note: Brent is not a psychotherapist.)
When & Where
Open University of Wellfleet
The Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning. Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013. Courses are envisioned as directed discussions, otherwise known as collaborative learning. Readings will be assigned, and instructors will offer mini-lectures to spur focused interchanges and facilitate learning. The Fall 2014 classes will be held once a week for two hours from October 20 through November 20 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Library, or W.H.A.T. Registration is available via web or phone (508) 349-1800. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants. Tuition is $50.00 per course.