Home: Sharing Our Quests to Find or Create the Place We Need Most – May 29


Sharing Our Quests to Find or Create the Place We Need Most
Thurs., May 29th, 4 – 5:15 pm

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross
Gottesman Library, Teachers College, 525 West 120th St.
(#1 train to 116th St. — location between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
(Coffee etc. can be purchased in cafe on ground floor)

RSVP to grossassoc@aol.com
and http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/183596732/

Photo ID required to enter building 

Please come to share your experiences, thoughts, feelings, and understanding:
  • What does Home mean to you? (Intimacy? Family? Style? Comfort? Well-Being? Security? Status? And/Or…?)
  • Your First Home – what was most important about it?
  • Where are you now in your quest for your true Home? (Seeking? Creating? Remembering? Questioning?)
  • Escape from Home: Do we need “Third Places” that are neither Home nor Work?
  • Homelessness as a Societal Scourge: Here in the Greater New York area, and among Displaced Persons Worldwide (“Send these, the homeless…to me.”)
  • “Home” as Metaphor: The concept of a national Homeland, Earth as Humanity’s “Home”

Optional Reading Suggestions:  Home: A Short History of an Idea; by Witold RybczynskiAt Home, by Bill Bryson; The Inspired Home: Nests of Creativity, by Kim Ficaro.

Where: 104b Russell Hall

Next conversation: Thursday, 7/24, Topic TBA

Inspired by Socrates’ famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.

These highly-participatory conversations are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates’ Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education.