As Isocrates, the Greek, once remarked, what makes one an Athenian is not the blood that runs through one’s veins, but the ideas in one’s mind. Participants in Agora Foundation seminars are offered rich opportunities to have those ideas deepened and questioned as they join centuries-old conversations on the greatest works of the Western World.
The Agora Foundation provides one and two-day great books seminars to adults interested in continuing their education without the commitment of a full return to school. This year, Agora will be offering seminars examining the nature of happiness through a look at Sophocles and Schopenhauer, as well as seminars on Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. These seminars are facilitated by some of the finest faculty members from institutions such as Thomas Aquinas, St. John’s College, and UCLA. Since 2008, the Agora Foundation has also offered opportunities for California educators interested in learning how to implement the Socratic Method and a great books curriculum in their classrooms.
Originally founded in 1998 as the Great Books Seminars in Ojai, the Agora Foundation formed in 2007 when it began operations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.