MEETINGS

  • Regular meetings occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 10am [DIFFERENT FOR APRIL MEETING]
  • Theory meetings occur every 4TH WEDNESDAY of the month at 6pm
  • *NEW* Casual meetings occur every week or two (see below)
  • Special meetings (hikes or volunteer work) occur SPORADICALLY [CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE]

COVID-19 RESPONSE: As with many organizations in Los Angeles, I have decided change all upcoming in-person meetings to ONLINE meetings. It seems like the most prudent course of action at the moment is to practice physical distancing and abide by the shelter-in-place orders recommended by healthcare professionals and policymakers. The goal is to “flatten the curve” (that is, lower the rate of contamination) which will, in turn, lower the rate of hospital intakes and help out our health care workers (here’s an article that I found helpful and kinda neat: http://washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/?tid=pm_pop_b)… THOUGH WE ARE PRACTICING PHYSICAL DISTANCING, WE SHOULD NOT PRACTICE SOCIAL ISOLATION. It’s still important to keep in contact with each other as a means to ‘live in accordance with virtue’. Instead of meeting in-person, I will host video chats using Google Hangout. This is free and easy to use—just RSVP as usual and then follow the invite link in the meeting descriptions on Meetup.com. In the meantime, stay healthy, avoid catastrophic thinking, keep in mind the ‘dichotomy of control’, support your small businesses however you can, protect those that are still working by staying home, and catch up on some reading.

Take care and I’ll see you on the other side of the curve. — Justin K.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING! [RSVP HERE]

When: Saturday, April 4th at 10am (until 12pm)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about:

  • Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, Books 5-7 (your choice of translation, the link here sends you to a 1944 public domain version)

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

The meetings tend to proceed as follows …

  1. The facilitator makes any administrative announcements there may be
  2. Attendees can share their experience with implementing Stoic exercises/techniques (these are often drawn from modern Stoic texts by Pigliucci, Lopez, Robertson, Irvine, Sellars, Holiday, etc.)
  3. Attendees can share any insights gleaned from ‘outside reading’ (that is, any Stoic/Stoical readings besides the group’s current reading)
  4. We will all then have the main discussion about the current reading (or continuing a past discussion that was left unfinished)

In terms of preparing for the main discussion, you may…

  1. select a passage or two to share and discuss;
  2. think of questions to propose (or answer) and/or
  3. email me in advance at lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful.

See you then!

— Justin K.



NEXT THEORY MEETING! [RSVP HERE]

When: Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm (until 8pm)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about: Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007) published by University of Chicago Press

  • Chapter 7: The Development of Character (pp. 149-171)
  • Anything else Stoicism-related

Description of Graver’s book: “On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms. Yet the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were deeply interested in the emotions, which they understood as complex judgments about what we regard as valuable in our surroundings. Stoicism and Emotion shows that they did not simply advocate an across-the-board suppression of feeling, as stoicism implies in today’s English, but instead conducted a searching examination of these powerful psychological responses, seeking to understand what attitude toward them expresses the deepest respect for human potential.”

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A PDF OF THE READING

In terms of preparing, you should read as much as you can (though you don’t need to do the entire reading to get something out of these meetings!). At the very least, …

  1. select a few passages to share and discuss;
  2. think of questions to propose (or answer) and/OR
  3. email me in advance (lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com) if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful.

See you then!

— Justin K.



NEXT CASUAL MEETING! [RSVP HERE!]

When: Saturday, March 28th at 10am (until 11am)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about: There is NO designated reading… But here some potential topics of conversation …

  • We can share our experience with implementing Stoic exercises/techniques (these are often drawn from modern Stoic texts by Pigliucci, Lopez, Robertson, Irvine, Sellars, Holiday, etc.)
  • We can discuss what advice Stocism may offer in dealing with practical problems (this will over lap with the previous topic)
  • We can discuss PAST readings (not upcoming ones): ask questions or share insights about passages that we didn’t touch on during the meetings
  • We can ask questions or share insights gleaned from ‘outside reading’ (that is, any Stoic/Stoical readings besides the group’s current reading)

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

See you then!

— Justin K.



NEXT SPECIAL MEETING! [RSVP HERE!]

UPDATE: This event is cancelled. See announcement at the top of the page.

When: SUNDAY, March 22nd at 9am (until 11am)

Where: Griffith Park. We will start (and end) at The Trails Cafe. A little after 9am, we’ll walk up to the Griffith Observatory.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING: First, some comfy walking shoes – hiking boots or running shoes seem fine. Second, water… Optional: a shady hat, sunglasses, your dog.

MORE DETAILS ON HIKE: The hike will be an ‘out-and-back’ type. It’s 1 mile up to the observatory (about 500 ft. ascent) and then 1 mile back to The Trails. It should take about 2 hours due to some relatively steep sections and to ensure we have time to admire the views.

I will bring a small print-out full of relevant Stoic quotations that we can reflect on as we walk (perhaps from the Meditations!). Feel free to bring anything Stoic-related to share… but feel free NOT to bring anything, except what you might want for a comfortable hike.


2 Replies to “MEETINGS”

  1. Good day,

    My name is David and I would love to attend your stoicism meetings and other philosophy topics. I am developing a growth in the subject and would like partake in ideas sharing meetings as yours. Looking forward your response.

    Thank you.

    David luboya says:
    1. David: All you need to do is show up and be receptive to discussion. If possible, please use Meetup.com to RSVP. That helps me prep the meeting space. If you have further questions, email me at lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com. — Justin K.

      losangelesstoics says:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *