Cousineau (lecture): The Myth of Beauty from Aphrodite to Ansel Adams
"Beauty will save the world Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible the battlefield is the heart of man."
Fyodor Dostoevski, The Idiot.
What role does beauty play in our lives today? Is it an imperative, the soul of everyday life, a luxury to enjoy occasionally, or is it a distraction from the more serious matters in life? If it is vital to our happiness, our psychological health, where do we find it? How do we, as artist Mark Rothko asked, find room for beauty in our lives? This multimedia lecture will explore the profound mythological symbolism of the most famous sculpture in history, the Venus de Milo, and the myriad ways in which the traits she has represented for millennia of beauty, love, desire, eroticism, pleasure, justice, and jealousycontinue to influence our behavior today. For that Aphroditic smile, as the Greeks used to say, still casts its spell on us in the realms of love and romance, tourism, advertising, art, music, literature, poetry, and in our nightly dreams.
Lecture: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, 7 to 9 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle
$15 members, $25 nonmembers
Phil Cousineau is a writer, filmmaker, photographer, adventure travel leader, and writing consultant. He has published over 25 books, including Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Kindle Passion and Imagination, The Olympic Odyssey, Once and Future Myths, and The Art of Pilgrimage. He has earned 15 documentary film credits, including The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on his Life and Work, Ecological Design. His books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Chinese, German, and Korean. He is currently host of the nationally televised series Global Spirit? on LINK TV. His upcoming book is the inspiration for this weekend's presentations: Who Stole the Arms of the Venus de Milo?
Related Web sites: www.philcousineau.net.
This program has been approved for 5.5 CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-157. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: 5.5 units for lecture and workshop $15; 2.0 units for the Friday lecture $10; 3.5 units for the Saturday workshop $10.
Good Shepard Center, Rm 202 (View)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103