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Independent Scholars' Evenings

2000 Events

2000 Fall Session

Annual International Dinner:

Commencing the 5th. Year of The Independent Scholars’ Evenings.

September 14th. 2000
7.00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:
Tom Moran.
Director: Carnegie-Stout Library
Dubuque, Iowa.

September 21st:

“Pre History of Midwestern Native Americans.”
Bernie Peeters

September 28th.

“From A Spirit That is Holy: The Historical Jesus and His Conception.”
Dr. Ritva Williams
Readings from her book-in-progress

October 5th.

“The Sword of The Nazarene.”
Dr. David Hill
Readings from his book-in-progress

October 12th.

“Will The Universe Grow and Prosper?”
Jim Roberts.

October 19th.

“The Emotional Life of The Upright, Curious and Cunning.”
Beder Wood

October 26th.

“Introduction: Monroe Institute and Hemisynch Sound

November 2nd.

“Grey, Black and White: Ethical issues”. General discussion.

November 9th.

“Feminine Archetypes” Narveen Singh Virdi – readings from her work in progress.

November 16th.

“Refelections on the Current Political Mess”
Dr. David Dehnel. Chair. Political Sciences department. Augustana

November 23rd.

Thanksgiving. No event

November 30th.

Jelaluddin Rumi – translated by Coleman Barks. Lyrics as chosen for “Monsters of Grace” the Digital Opera by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson.

December 7th.

Holiday Party.

2000 Spring Session Feb. 17th. 2000

“Battered Women Syndrome” : Excuse, Justification ?
Presentation by: Dr. Kirk Witherspoon. Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.
7.00 p.m.
Venue: at Info Café. 3922 14th. Ave. Rock Island. Illinois.

Feb.24th. 2000

Explorations in Hot Glass
Presentation by: Mark Fowler: Department of Art: Augustana College.
7.00 p.m.
Venue: at Borders Books and Music. 4000 E. 53rd. St. Davenport. Iowa.

March 2nd 2000

Tour of site and demonstrations of Hot Glass at “Glass Impact” :
Presentation by: Mark Fowler, and Dave Osborn and John Watts of Glass Impact.
7.00 p.m.
Venue: at Glass Impact. 1611 2nd Ave. Rock Island

March 9th. 2000

“The Healing of Memories:”
Presentation by: Beder Wood Instructor and Facilitator.
7.00 p.m.
Venue: at The Moline Club. 513 16th. Street. Moline.

March 16th 2000

Venue: at Borders Books and Music. 4000 E. 53rd. St. Davenport Iowa.

March 23rd 2000

Venue: at Info Café.

March 25th. 2000

Special Spring Event:
Slide Presentation and Lecture by : Dr. Philip Lutgentdorf
Chair: Department of South Asian Studies. University of Iowa.
Time 1.00 p.m.
Venue: Quad City Arts. 1715 2nd. Ave. Rock Island.


Slide Presentation and Lecture by : Dr. Philip Lutgentdorf
Chair: Department of South Asian Studies. University of Iowa.
Iowa City. Iowa.

Time: 1.00 p.m.
Date: Saturday. March 25th. 2000
Place: Quad City Arts.
1715 2nd. Ave. Rock Island. Illinois.

About the presentation:
The "monkey god" Hanuman--simian servant and sidekick to the divine hero Rama in the Indian epic saga Ramayana--is today one of the most beloved deities in popular Hinduism, worshiped by students and savants, wrestlers and politicians, ascetics and housewives. The story of his historical rise to this status, especially during the past millennium, is a saga in itself, which will be told through both narrative and slides. But the presentation will also consider the question of why this popular deity has largely been marginalized or ignored by academic scholars, for thereby hangs a tail...involving "orientalism," "primitivism," and a History of Religions dominated by categories derived from post-Reformation Christian discourse--all factors that have caused scholars to miss some key links in other traditions, especially with regard to intermediary, intercessory, and (so-called) "minor" deities. The presentation will propose that "middle class" gods, like middle-class people in the modern world, are far more important than elite authors generally recognize.

About Dr. Lutgentdorf:
Philip Lutgendorf teaches Hindi and Modern Indian Studies and chairs the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Iowa. His study of folk Ramayana performance, THE LIFE OF A TEXT (California, 1991) won the Association for Asian Studies' A. K. Coomaraswamy Book Prize in 1993. He is presently working on a book-length study of the popular"monkey-god," Hanuman.

March 30th.

April 6th.

April 13th.

April 20th.

Readings from the completed book. Copies will be available for sale after her Presentation.
Presentation by: Kathleen Lawless Cox. Poet, Writer and Artist.
7.00 p.m.