Lifelong Learning - Seminars

Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. James H. Carney II, and Leonor de Gonzalez

Seminar programs offer in-depth examinations of topics, fostering interactive discussion and opportunities
for personal growth.

Tamar March, Ph.D.
Monday - Wednesday, February 6 - 8, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$220 ($200 Museum Members)


The literature that gives expression to the condition of being black in America, to be a black citizen in a white society, reveals the high cost of such citizenship, in spite of the promises inherent in our founding documents. The guarantee of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is hard-won by many, but largely elusive for the present heirs of the story of slavery in North America. We will discuss examples of this literature, from W.E.B. Du Bois to Ta-Nehisi Coates, with the intent of gaining insight into the condition of blackness while simultaneously searching to define how the insistence for recognition and understanding of blackness could be accompanied by a sharper awareness of the condition of whiteness. Such sharpened awareness may bring this society closer to the goal of integration, which has produced many and varied efforts, but without the much-yearned for success – as yet. We will draw on the writings of poets, essayists, novelists, and dramatists to engage our own experience and thought about this uniquely American tradition.

Tamar March is Founder and President Emerita of The Arden Seminars, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. March received her B.A. from Brooklyn College, M.A. from Radcliffe College, and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Romance Languages. She served as dean of the Radcliffe Center for Educational Programs at Harvard University from Fall 1996 to Summer 2002.

Michael Verde
Wednesday – Friday, March 22 – 24, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
Purchase the Series: $230 ($210 Museum Members)


In the deepest recess of the being called human glows an ancient light. Its energy sustains the sheltering psyche. That fire is myth. Minus its warmth, there is no meaning in our earthly trespass. Minus its illumination, no sense in our desire. This series of seminar presentations will take up the symbol language of the human spirit, exploring its deft articulation by three of its most devoted students, with each talk engaging our subject and its expositor from a unique window of wonder: dream, art, and religion.

Or Register for Individual Sessions:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
$110 ($90 Members)

Jung believed dreams were a principal source of communication between the daylight realm of conscious concerns and the nocturnal realm of unconscious longings. Dreams can guide us to an integrated psyche, Jung believed, provided we learn to speak their language. The grammar of that language, the unconscious origin of the dream symbol, is myth. We will explore the myth-dream bridge between our everyday persona and our fully realized personality in this presentation.

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
$110 ($90 Members)

The gifted artist is the emissary of myth, taught Campbell; and in his study into the powers of myth, pride of place went to the literary artist. Great works of fiction, Campbell believed, are living bridges linking the eternal energy of mythology with the ever-novel manifestations of human meaning in time. And of the myriad of masks through which myth speaks to us today, none are more vital than those of art.

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
$110 ($90 Members)

According to Armstrong, only those myths that shed insight into the deeper meaning of life can survive the imagination’s winnowing of spiritual wheat from dogmatic chaff. As with myth, religion works because it forces us to change our minds and hearts, gives us new hope, and compels us to live more fully. We learn from Armstrong that if religion is understood as the rules of a board game, or as a recipe from a distantly dwelling divinity, it has lost touch with the living language of myth.

Michael Verde
Wednesday – Friday, March 29 – 31, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
Purchase the Series: $230 ($210 Museum Members)


This special series will shine a penetrating light into the heart of each of these men’s respective visions. Each presentation will first establish the historical and cultural context of the focal subject’s life, then outline and animate the core concepts of their world-shaping teachings. The presentations are designed around one basic question: How has the past and present been impacted by this person’s life? While not shying away from challenging issues, the intention of this series is to explore profound ideas in a spirit of joyful inquiry.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
$110 ($90 Members)

Few men have ever accomplished such a huge and lasting revolution in the world. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples, and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the inhabited world. It is an influence that has never waned. For he or she who desires to understand even a sliver of what it means to be Muslim, the story, vision, and historical wake of Muhammad is the place to begin.

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
$110 ($90 Members)

Confucius created a worldview sharply distinct from Western culture. Today, his teachings shape the daily lives of more than 1.6 billion people, an influence that can be seen in everything from business practices and family relationships to educational standards and government policies. It is impossible to understand the deepest cultural chords in the growing influence of East Asia, and China in particular, without engaging with Confucius’s thought and enduring legacy.

Friday, March 31, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
$110 ($90 Members)

Certainly Plato's impact on philosophy has had a decisive and lasting impact on Western Civilization. His dialogues are the Bible of rational reflection; his school, the Academy, is the inspiration of our universities; and his incomparable animation of the just person in The Republic remains the clarion call to the examined life. The better we understand Plato’s way of thinking, the better we understand what it means to be a child of reason and a lover of wisdom.

Michael Verde is a published author, professional speaker, and award-winning educator. He has Master degrees in Literary Studies (University of Iowa) and Theology (University of Durham, England). Since 2006, Verde has offered World Religions seminars for more than 4,000 Chevron employees from around the globe. He most recently offered his experience "Love After Ego: The Teachings of Jesus and Buddha" in Perth, Australia, and “Great Teachers of the Spirit: Buddha, Socrates, and Jesus” at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. He is also the founder of the Memory Bridge Foundation that promotes empathetic communication with people with dementia. Currently, Verde is obtaining his Ph.D. at Indiana University.

Photo Credits:
Mythology-Taygetos-Greece by John Prassas (CC BY 2.0), Tin Mal mosque, Morocco by Rosino (CC BY-SA 2.0), Fragment of Xiping stone by Ayelie (CC BY-SA 2.5), Ancient Lindos by Seligmanwalte (CC BY 2.0)

Susan Rosoff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
$105 ($85 Museum Members)

Often when one mentions great art collectors, men like Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon, and J. Pierpont Morgan come to mind. What women put together significant collections? Explore some of the remarkable women who were not only collectors, but connoisseurs, patrons and donors. Some were incredibly wealthy, while others had only modest means. Was collecting a by-product of homemaking and nurturing, or did its origins lie elsewhere? Was collecting dependent on money and time, or, were these women mission driven? The choices these three women made and the legacies they left will form the substance of our exploration.

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC. Previously she served as Curator of Education at the Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults including lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes. In partnership with the University of Central Florida she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes including Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years, and Non-Western Art. She has received the Briarcliff College Alumnae Award as well as awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Florida Art Education Association.

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All Sales Are Final; please review your reservations carefully before submitting. We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges beginning sixty (60) days before a scheduled program. However, the value of cancelled reservations may qualify as a tax-deductible donation; please notify the Museum at your earliest opportunity before the program date. Occasionally, programs are cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond the Museum's control. When this occurs, you may elect to have your reservation honored for the rescheduled date or you may receive a refund if applicable. In some cases, the performance contract may set refund limitations. All refunds or exchanges are subject to a $10 non-refundable convenience fee.

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