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Fly on the Wall: Exploration of the Creative Spirit

Past Sessions
Thursday, May 14, 2020 20 Iyyar 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Kolker Room
Thursday, May 7, 2020 13 Iyyar 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Kolker Room
Thursday, April 30, 2020 6 Iyyar 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Kolker Room
Thursday, April 23, 2020 29 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Kolker Room
Thursday, April 2, 2020 8 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Kolker Room
Thursday, March 26, 2020 1 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Kolker Room

Jon Aaron has a BA from Boston University and MLA from Johns Hopkins University. He had taught English, History, an Performing Arts at McDonogh School for 43 years.

Over the last 43 years, I have shared with students my sense that every author, poet, filmmaker, and artist whose works we discuss would love to be a fly on the wall of our classroom. Those 8th grade students shoot a quizzical glance at me, and I respond, “So that they could hear what we think and feel-hear how we are making meaning within the context of our lives.” I urge the kids to discuss as if Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Aaron Douglas, Norman Rockwell, Dorothea Lange, or Steven Spielberg were in the room. Now I invite you to do the same. Come explore with me short stories, poems, film clips, paintings, visual art, and political cartoons as we discuss what we see, what we think, and how these provocative, creative pieces allow us to distill meaning that enriches our intellectual and spiritual lives. This is not a lecture series. In our six meetings, we will have the choice from among the ten topics below. Participants should expect to connect their thoughts, memories, beliefs, and values to the work being discussed so that we can enjoy making meaning. Since we are considering short works, the series does not take on the scope of a book club. Preparation for any meeting will be manageable. Jump in...these flies don’t bite!

Fee: $50/Beth El Congregation members; $60/non-members. Registration is required for all participants.

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