How We Live and How We Might Live: Ruskin and Morris in Our Time
John Ruskin and William Morris anticipated many of our current debates about education, the environment, economics, politics, and labor. We continue to face many of the problems with which they wrestled and to seek answers to the questions they asked. Their ideas are more timely than ever today, in light of the ongoing erosion of civility, social justice and democracy. George Monbiot recently observed that those who tell the stories run the world. The key task now is to construct an alternative narrative to the troubling story that is taking shape and to tell a new story that describes a better way forward. The aim of our symposium is to consider how Ruskin's and Morris's ideas might help us to do so.
Clive Wilmer (Guild of St George, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), Amy Woodson-Boulton (Loyola Marymount University), Sara Atwood (Portland State University), James Spates (Emeritus Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges), and Nicholas Friend (Inscape Cultural Study Society) will discuss today's pressing social and political issues in light of Ruskin's and Morris's thought. Discussion sessions will enable speakers and attendees to share ideas, insights, and suggestions for practical action.
Admission to the one-day symposium will include morning and afternoon coffee/tea and lunch. The event will be held in the historic Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco, a venue well worth seeing in its own right.
Additional information is available at ruskinmorris.wordpress.com
This event is presented by the Guild of St. George, the organization founded by Ruskin in 1877 and operating today as a Charitable Education Trust.
The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco (View)
2107 Lyon Street at Washington Street
San Francisco , OR 94115
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