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Joseph Campbell's Search for Meaning (Hybrid)

Mark Ryan

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“No one in our century, not Freud, not Jung, not Thomas Mann, not Lévi-Strauss, has so brought a mythic sense of the world back into our daily consciousness.” So wrote psychologist James Hillman about Joseph Campbell. Join us as we explore Campbell’s mythological studies, which were grounded in depth psychology and shaped by his own life-long search for meaning. Raised in Irish Catholicism, fascinated as a child with Native American lore, and trained in Western classics, Campbell plunged into Asian thought and religion, and searched to understand the grand historical sweeps of human experience. We will follow his career from his monumental synthesis of “the hero’s journey‚” to his later effort to define the meaning of spirituality in a contemporary, globally interconnected world.

This program will be offered both in-person and via livestreaming. Please use the registration form to select which way you plan to participate. If you register to attend online, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event. Please be sure to check “spam” and “junk” folders!

This class will be recorded. Recordings will be distributed to registered participants ONLY, after each class session. Recordings will not be available for purchase after the program ends.

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Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

About the instructor

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan, an historian of American thought, holds a Ph.D. from Yale, where he taught for 22 years and was a residential college dean. At Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico, he served as a professor, dean of the colleges, and director of the graduate program in United States studies. A certified practitioner of Holotropic Breathwork, his most recent book is A Different Dimension: Reflections on the History of Transpersonal Thought.

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Four Wednesdays, May 4 - 25 5:30 - 7pm

6 h

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$125.00 USD


$135.00 USD


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