Reading the Greats
New Interintellect Salon series by Tommy Collison and David McDougall, starting on 10 January
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Sophocles, Homer, Plato, Machiavelli, Descartes, Wollstonecraft, Woolf, Brecht... 

In this special ii Salon series - hosted by Tommy Collison (San Francisco) and David McDougall (London) - across 15 monthly gatherings, we will be discussing some of the most iconic works in the Western canon and their relevance to our lives today.

Each month we will come together from all over the world: we will look at 5 specific eras of Western thinking, with 3 seminal writers from each period. Due to the length of the works assigned, the Salons in this series will open for bookings earlier than usual, so you have enough time to read.

 

If a specific Salon sells out and its waiting list on the event's page is full as well, we will announce additional slots, meaning we might end up with much more than 15 'Reading the Greats' Salons until March 2022!

TICKETS:

Serious about attending all 15 Salons (January 2021 - March 2022)?

3 ii Salons

The Literature of Antiquity (January-March 2021)

PART 1

Let Me First Do Some Great Thing: The Iliad TICKETS

PART 2

Good Lives Are Made So By Discipline: Antigone TICKETS

PART 3

The Business of Dying: The Last Days of Socrates TICKETS

3 ii Salons

The Christian and Medieval World (April-June 2021)

PART 4

That Was One Good King: Beowulf TICKETS

PART 5

The Town and the City: The Canterbury Tales TICKETS

PART 6

The Wages of Sin: Inferno TICKETS

3 ii Salons

The Reformation to the Industrial Revolution (July-September 2021)

PART 7

Better to Be Feared Than Loved: The Prince TICKETS

PART 8

Doubt Is the Origin of Wisdom: Meditations On First Philosophy TICKETS

PART 9

Is This a Dagger Which I See before Me?: Shakespeare TICKETS

3 ii Salons

Early Modernity (September-December 2021)

PART 10

Beware for I Am Fearless: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus TICKETS

PART 11

Liberty, Tradition, and the State: Reflections on the Revolution in France TICKETS

PART 12

Bourgeois Moralities: Pride and Prejudice TICKETS

3 ii Salons

Late Modernity (January-March 2022)

PART 13

Selling and Surviving: Mother Courage and Her Children TICKETS

PART 14

Parties to Cover the Silence: Mrs. Dalloway​ TICKETS

PART 15

At War with Eastasia: Brave New World vs 1984 TICKETS

About the Reading the Greats series:

Each 'Reading the Greats' Salon will pair a discussion topic with a significant work from the Western canon. Our goal is to give attendees a shared experience exploring some of history’s most influential texts. We hope our Salons will inspire interesting exchanges about how the “big ideas” of Western thought have shaped the modern world. 

As always, ii Salons are designed to be participatory discussions rather than panel talks or lectures. All attendees should expect to take part with both audio and video -- your questions, comments and discussion points will be more than welcome (even if you haven’t read the book for some reason).

The best thing about the Classics is that even when you don't know you're quoting them, you're quoting them: you say "green-eyed monster" or "vanished into thin air", for example, and there you are quoting Shakespeare! We believe that much of what we'll be talking about will feel less "new" - and more something you'll realize you knew all along :-) 

We can't wait to have you join us!

 

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