• March 30, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 03/30/2016 7:00 pm 03/30/2016 America/Los_Angeles Myth in the News Q: What exactly is mythology, and why should we care about it? A: Because it doesn’t stay in the myth books. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
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Q: What exactly is mythology, and why should we care about it?
A: Because it doesn’t stay in the myth books. As Hermann Hesse, Joseph Campbell, Christine Downing, and many others have shown, myths are everywhere we look. These stories spontaneously come to life all around us. Their images and motifs return over and over to inhabit current events (like the presidential election), influence our language (the “witching hour”), infiltrate our plans, and even populate our dreams.  Heroes and villains, giants and trolls walk into the news every day. "The latest incarnation of Oedipus," wrote Joseph Campbell, "the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change."

Join us to learn more about why myths do this and how we can work creatively with them instead of letting them work us over. 


Craig Chalquist, PhD., is the program chair of the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Craig focuses his scholarly writing and teaching on depth psychology, ecopsychology, qualitative research, Systems Theory, ecotherapy, and mythology from a psychological perspective. He practices what he refers to as "Deep Education": the kind that invites the human relationship to nature, elements, creatures, and Earth to shift from mere utility to deep appreciation. "'Deep' also means encouraging the learner to probe through appearances, surfaces, and customary explanations to explore persistent motifs, images, collective fantasies, and other structural forces that shape institutions, works of culture, and technologies and that constitute the true foundations of our time."

*This Lecture is part of Big Ideas at CIIS.

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