MEETINGS

  • Regular meetings usually occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 9am in person
  • Theory meetings usually occur every 4TH TUESDAY of the month at 6pm online
  • Special meetings occur sporadically (see below).
  • Receive announcements through Meetup or Patreon

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: Over the past year, the group hosted events online using Zoom. We are now slowly transitioning back to in-person meetings (while preserving some online events for those that prefer them). In-person meeting attendees should be fully vaccinated (i.e., vaccine plus booster) to ensure the safety of our fellow Angelinos. Masks are not required if you are fully vaccinated since we are holding meetings outdoors, but they are recommended as a means to foster peace-of-mind. Please be patient and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. — Justin K.



NEXT REGULAR MEETING!

When: Saturday, Feb. 12th at 9am (until 11am)

Where: If IN-PERSON, we will meet at the Elysian Park Arboretum at 34°05’04.7″N 118°14’44.9″W near Stadium Way & Elysian Park Dr. (https://goo.gl/maps/kxRZNk8mtG8ZjSVo8). If ONLINE, we will meet via Zoom … Stay tuned for more info.

What about: We’ll be finishing Book 2 of Epictetus’s Discourses and Handbook. The Handbook selections are meant to pair well with the Discourses selections. [Quick note: I will use the term “Handbook” but others use “Manual” or the Greek term encheiridion]

Reading for this month:
Discourses 2.16-23 (pp. 111-145 in Penguin Classics Edition)
Handbook selections TBD
(feel free to cite any other entries you think are relevant)

NOTE: Use whichever translation you prefer (it might be beneficial to compare them). The book I will primarily refer to is the Discourses and Selected Writings published by Penguin Classics and translated by Robert Dobbin… A public domain collection of Epictetus’s works can be found here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Epictetus,_the_Discourses_as_reported_by_Arrian,_the_Manual,_and_Fragments

COVID-19 Safety Measures: The meeting location is outdoors and spacious enough for social distancing. If you are NOT fully vaccinated (with booster) or are feeling ill at all, please stay home and email me. We can still have a thoughtful discussion—perhaps in an online version of the meeting. Those who ARE fully vaccinated with booster are unlikely to transmit COVID in an outdoor setting and are unlikely to get seriously ill if they do. That being said, everyone is welcome to wear their mask and will certainly not be discouraged or judged.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FACILITATE AN ONLINE VERSION OF THIS MEETING FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T ATTEND IN-PERSON.

See you then! –Justin K.




NEXT THEORY MEETING!

When: Tuesday, Jan. 25th at 6pm (until 8pm)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [ registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuCvqTovHtQcL4esJSLpAbPFuCBLqLyc ]

What about: We are starting our next reading—A New Stoicism (Revised Edition) (2017) by the late Larry Becker (https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691177212/a-new-stoicism).

Reading for this month:
– Ch. 1 / “The Conceit” (pp. 3-4)
– Ch. 2 / “A New Agenda for Stoic Ethics” (pp. 5-7)
– Ch. 3 / “The Ruins of Doctrine” (pp. 8-33)

How to Register:

  1. You must register for the Theory Meeting every month. Once you do, a ‘join link’ (along with more info) will be emailed to you that is unique to that month’s meeting and to you (i.e., no sharing).
  2. “Registering” just means that when you click the ‘registration link’ above, you will be asked to provide your email, your first-last name, and your city (non-Angelinos welcome!). You’ll also be able to submit any question or comment at the time of registration.
  3. If you are having trouble, please email lastoics@gmail.com and I can help you out —Justin K.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.



NEXT SPECIAL MEETING!

Paternalia

When: Sunday, Feb. 13th or Saturday, Feb. 19th at 9am (until 10 or 11am)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [ registration link: TBD ]

What about: Februarius XIII (Ides of February) marked the beginning of a nine-day Roman festival, Paternalia, which was held in honor of the ancestors—both living and dead. Some observances were akin to those now held during All Souls’ Day or Dia de los Muertos (see my forthcoming blog article for more info). At the meeting, we will discuss the importance of moral exemplars and the nature of death. Those who want can share a story of a departed family member or ancestor or a family surrogate (or role model) and speak to the virtues they exemplified. I hope the atmosphere will be positive and celebratory. It will serve as a chance to express gratitude and also to be inspired.