MEETINGS

  • Regular meetings usually occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 9am in person
    • NOTE: The July “Regular Meeting” is cancelled and replaced with a special event (see below) on July 16th.
  • 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, Aug. 13th at 9am (until 11am) [our July “regular meeting” is cancelled, BUT we will meet in person for a special event on Saturday, July 16th (see below for details)]

Where: IN-PERSON in the Elysian Park Arboretum near the playground. BYOC/B [i.e., “Bring your own chairs or blankets” … most of the public tables are in the sun, so instead we will take our chairs and remain cool in the shade.

[REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR OR BLANKET. I WILL BRING HOT COFFEE]

What about: Stoic theory of emotion

Reading for this month:
Handout with reading selections TBD

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, June 28th at 6pm (until 8pm)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [ registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrceygpzIjGtBl3_4Bo64ghCCZ7qZdV_Xq ]

What about: We are finishing Ch. 7 of A New Stoicism (Revised Edition) (2017) by the late great Larry Becker (https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691177212/a-new-stoicism) and we are reading the postscript to the revised edition. This will wrap up our study of the book!

Reading for this month:
– SECOND HALF of Ch. 7 (“Happiness”): pp. 166-174
– SECOND HALF of Ch. 7 Commentary: pp. 181-192
– Postscript to the Revised Edition: pp. 225-237
NOTE: We are skipping the Appendix for now. Keep an eye out for a series of special meetings (below) on “Stoic Logic” that will include it among the reading.

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 Zoom ‘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!

Kronia Potluck 2022

When: Saturday, July 16th at 11am (until 2pm)—come and go as you please but please email me if arriving after noon (lastoics@gmail.com).

Where: IN-PERSON in the Elysian Park Arboretum near the playground (same place as the regular meetings). Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. A table and canopy will be set up for the food.

What about: This will be a casual social event. Please bring a snack, drinks, or a dish to share with a few others (potluck style!). Message me if you have questions: lastoics@gmail.com

More info: The Kronia was an Athenian festival in the time of the Greek Stoics held in honor of Cronus (Kronos) during the summer. It was appropriated by the Romans and celebrated by them as Saturnalia (Saturn was the Roman equivalent of Cronus). They both commemorated a mythical “golden age” that existed when Cronus/Saturn ruled the world long ago. In this time, there would have been peace, prosperity, and freedom among all people. For Stoics, these are things that are always within reach—they do not depend on external circumstances—and we can reflect on this during the event. Enjoy the peace that comes from fostering a sense of community with others; enjoy prosperity by recognizing that your happiness does not depend on anything outside your control; and enjoy the freedom that comes from always having your moderate desires satisfied.

There is certainly no required reading, though you are free to read this short fictional dialogue between Zeno and his students about the ideal society adapted from Book 2 of Plato’s Republichttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1PqsaUY9B8-DHceZWkT93DB9QSawW7OUOzlDx6VgxGoY/edit?usp=sharing

AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. ―Justin K.