Lectures & Performances

In addition to regular meetings to discuss literary topics, the local Section group in Fair Oaks has hosted New Moon Salons over the past several years. We have tried to hold them at the time of the new moon at about quarterly intervals in the year – or at times of major festivals. These salons feature music and literature, and they are a place where other friends and interested community members, who know nothing about the local Section work, can gather to enjoy artistic presentations, food, drink, and conversation.

“I do not know whence it comes,” said Henry; “I have heard poets spoken of before now; but have never yet seen one. I cannot even form an idea of their curious art; but yet have a great desire to hear about it. I feel that I wish to know many things, of which dark hints only are in my mind. I have often heard people speak of poems, but I have never yet seen one, and my teacher never had occasion to learn the art. Nor have I been able to comprehend everything that he has told me concerning it. Yet he always considered it a noble art, to which I would devote myself entirely, if I should become acquainted with it. In old times it was much more common than now, and everyone had some knowledge of it, though in different degrees; moreover it was the sister of other arts now lost. He thought that divine favor had highly honored the minstrels, so that inspired by spiritual intercourse, they had been able to proclaim heavenly wisdom upon earth in entrancing tones.”

  

— Novalis, Heinrich von Ofterdingen

“Blue” by Bruce Donehower

Performance Video/A Poem by Johann von Goethe “Welcome and Departure” (“Wilkommen und Abschied”)

In 1770-1771 Goethe, twenty-one years old, lived in Strasbourg as a law student. He had recently recovered from a near fatal illness, and in the flush of recovery he came to an understanding of his poetic genius. This is a famous love poem that originated at that time...

James Joyce, Modernism, & the Unborn

“Odysseus und Kalypso” Max Beckmann, 1943 Video Presentation by Bruce Donehower, Ph.D. Click here to watch the video. In this 39-minute video recording from a Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities meeting held on June 19, 2021, Bruce Donehower offers an...

Owen Barfield: A Video Presentation by Fred Dennehy, Ph.D.

“Owen Barfield: The Soul of a Word” In this 30-minute video recording from a Section for Literary Arts and Humanities meeting held on June 5, 2021, Fred Dennehy provides an introduction to the world and mind of Owen Barfield. https://vimeo.com/560277889 “We are...

The Healing Art of Fairy Tale: A Video Lecture by Bruce Donehower, Ph.D.

  This 20-minute lecture video is from a Section meeting held in Fair Oaks on November 20, 2020. At the bottom of this post is the fairy discussed: Hyacinth and Rosebud by Novalis.   https://vimeo.com/583886003 Novalis thought very highly of fairy tales....