LOVE! What Does It Mean to YOU? – Jan 29

LOVE! What Does It Mean to YOU?
Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

January 29th, 4:00 – 5:15 PM

Teachers College, Columbia University,

525 W. 120th St., bet. Bdwy and Amsterdam (#1 train to 116th St.). 

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Not so sure? (That’s what Socrates would say.) Then maybe it’s time to think more deeply – together!

You’re not alone. “What is Love?” was the most-asked question on Google in 2014.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s take a critical and creative look at our ideas about romance, commitment, relationships, and GULP marriage. The Hallmark holiday hoopla may be bogus — but the issues it exploits are life-shaping for each of us.

Come share your experiences and insights:

  • What does Love mean, to you?
  • How do you relate Love, Sexuality, and Romance?
  • Is Love different for men and for women (and for those who identify their
  • gender/sexuality in other ways)?
  • Is Love “natural” – or “socially-constructed”?
  • song from Fiddler on the Roof, “Do You Love Me?”)
  • Does the meaning of Love change with our life-circumstances such as age, cultural
  • heritage, profession, or family situation?
  • What have you learned about Loving wisely and well?
  • What role does Love play in teaching and learning? (e.g., fostering “love of learning”)


This Conversation will be informed by the presentation and discussion at the University Seminar on Emotional Intelligence with Professor Marc Brackett of Yale University, at the Library on Monday, January 26th, at 7 pm.

Want to enrich your own thinking with some powerful ideas, data, and experiences? Here’s a sampling of the enlightening readings on LOVE, starting with the portrayal of an exhilarating drinking party of Socrates and his friends discussing this question.

  • The Symposium, Plato
  • On Love, Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • Love 2.0, Barbara Fredrickson
  • About Love, Robert Solomon
  • Philosophies of Love, David L. Norton and Mary F. Kille
  • Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Why We Love, Helen Fisher
  • The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • I and Thou, Martin Buber