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May 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Delaware Humanities

In what ways are we really able to choose?

Distant Discussions: Happy Half Hour Edition

Grab your favorite beverage and Join us us for a short 30-minute conversation on Boris Novak’s poem “Decisions”.

You can find the poem here. To join the conversation, please register.

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Program Description

At a time when many of us are physically separated, Delaware Humanities and the Lewes Public Library plan to host some "Distant Discussions" to bring us together. We will use videos, shorts stories, poems, and more to bridge the gap between us, when a sense of community and being united is especially important. We will "meet" once a week via Zoom to have a short, 30 minute conversation.  Check back here for our weekly topic and meeting information, or on our Facebook page. Thursday, June 11 at 5 PM [Happy Half Hour Edition]: "How can the usual mocking style of caricature be used to express fondness and admiration?" An insightful look into one of history’s great cultural influencers and tastemakers, Muriel Draper, and her unique relationship to an art style often tied to political satire and criticism. Register here. Thursday, June 25 at noon: What makes it possible for us to connect with others? Discussing Sharon Olds' poem "Summer Solstice, New York City". Register here. Past Discussions: Thursday, April 2 at noon:  "Is it always possible to know you are making a difference? Is it necessary?" Discussing Leo Tolstoy's short story "Three Questions" Thursday, April 9 at noon: "Can you feel good about feeling bad?" Discussing Wislawa Szymborska's poem "In Praise of Feeling Bad About Yourself". Thursday, April 16 at 5 PM [Happy Half Hour Edition]: "Why Didn't Delaware Ratify the 19th Amendment?" Discussing Delaware and the 19th Amendment with Dr. Anne Boylan, Professor Emerita of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware. Thursday, April 23 at noon [Earth Day Edition]: "Is a feeling of connection necessary for a sense of responsibility?" Discussing Prince Ea's spoken world performance "Three Seconds". Thursday, April 30 at 5 PM [Happy Half Hour Edition]: "Do you think it is better to be informed about the injustices in the world or to remain in the dark to things beyond your immediate experience?" Discussing Margaret Atwood's poem "It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers". Thursday, May 7 at 5 PM [Happy Half Hour Edition]: "How do we decide what we do and don't believe, and why are we sometimes wrong?" Watch Daniel Simon's video "The Invisible Gorilla".  Then join us for a short 30-minute “happy half hour” conversation led by Dr. Joan DelFattore about the shortcomings in human thinking. Thursday, May 14 at noon: "In a changing world, what role do stories play in how we relate to one another?" Discussing the video "Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc: Paul Zak at the Future of Storytelling". Thursday, May 21 at 5 PM [Happy Half Hour Edition]: "In what ways are we really able to choose?" Discussing Boris Novak's poem "Decisions". Thursday, May 28 at noon: "How do we respond to the suffering of others?" Discussing Lowell Jaeger's poem "Okay".