Dates: Two Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $35 before Nov. 21, $40 after
Enrollment: 12 min. / 25 max.
Folktales have captured the hearts and the imagination of generations across the globe. They tell of struggles in human existence, of ways in which we engage with forces that affect us, of means that can aid our journey through life. They are symbolic stories that depict aspects of the archetypal world. This workshop centers around the story of Cinderella as told in Germany, Russia, and China, and explores it as a story of inner development. It describes loss of a caring parent; encounters with the harshness of life; experiences of envy, rejection, cruelty; tasks to be undertaken. It shows connections to life-giving energies and leads to a new phase in life. Exploration of how such images of loss, grief, pain, harsh tasks, inner and outer helpers – manifest in contemporary life – can lead us to grow with the help of Cinderella and re-enter our world with deepened understanding. We will listen to the stories and explore, discuss, reflect on the images with the aim of strengthening our capacities for living through troubling experiences.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
At a time when reputable mainstream news outlets, such as The New York Times and CNN, are routinely condemned for reporting “fake” news, and when reporters are even physically threatened, how are local news reporters and editors navigating this political polarization? What is the media environment in San Antonio? Has disregard for the journalism profession reached San Antonio, impacting its reporters as well as readers, listeners, and viewers? How has this environment shaped the gathering of news and its presentation via social media venues? Has readership and viewership dwindled because people seek “echo Chambers,” where they find their own “news” or create their own news? We will explore what factors play into media divides, such as: the impact of social media and technology and readers’ inability to tell fact from fake news, or fact from opinion. More importantly, we will seek to identify steps to improve the dialogue.