The Episcopal Chaplaincy to UC Berkeley Speaker series: Dreams of a World Unknown

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

The Episcopal campus ministry at Cal is hosting a speaker series focused on how we are called to reshape our world through imaginative and intellectual process. The speakers will approach this idea from a variety of angles. Each talk follows the weekly service of choral evensong offered by the campus ministry.

When: begins Nov 7 at 6:30 with evensong. 7:15 talk. Repeats 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 1/30, 2/6, and 2/13

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

Contact: Tom Poynor -


More information on the talks:

November 7: Perchance to dream - Tom Poynor, Episcopal Chaplain to UC Berkeley. In this talk, Tom will discuss the influences that shaped the series including some of the historic anniversaries and the theological and cultural concepts underlying the theme.

November 14: Music of Creation - Dr. Jacob Sherman, California Institute of Integral Studies. Jacob will discuss the overlapping visions of creation and music that informed the work of Hildegard von Bingen and J.R.R. Tolkien in the Silmarillion. He will also explore the influence that Hildegard might have had on Tolkien.

November 21: Through a screen darkly - Dr. Jennifer Alexander, University of Minnesota. Jennifer’s academic work focuses on the role technology plays not only in our day to day life but in how it shapes our sense of relationship with one another and with spirituality.

December 5: Queer Abstraction - Mr Jared Ledesma, Nerman Museum of Art, Des Moines. Jared curated the award winning and critically acclaimed exhibition Queer Abstraction that highlighted how queer artist have communicated a subversive dream of identity and expression. He will present on the pieces and their context and meaning.

January 30: McMansion Hell - Ms Kate Wagner, curator of the blog McMansion Hell. Kate will discuss the importance of design and how we live ethically in a very unethical moment.

February 6: Annual celebration of Candlemas - please join us for the special choral service that commemorates the end of winter festival of the presentation. Music looks back to Christmas and forward to Easter. Candles will be blessed and given and a special presentation will follow.

February 13: The Good Life - Dr Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA. Pamela is a widely acclaimed professor of moral philosophy who served as a consultant for the television show “The Good Place.” She will conclude our series by focusing on the importance of asking the questions of goodness that continue to drive the human quest for meaning.


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