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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lecture at UCSC on April 7, 2016

I recently gave a lecture at UCSC for a Cowell College course taught by renown balloon twister Addi Somekh.  The course is called "Paradox, Meaning, and Love:  Mary Holmes and Beyond," devoted to sharing the ideas and teachings of my greatest teacher, who was also Addi's teacher.  She taught at UCSC from 1965 until her retirement and well beyond that.   

I did not dare to pretend that I could channel Mary.  But I did my best to convey at least some of the ideas that were basic to her teaching.  My ostensible topic, set by Addi, was Mary's own title for one of her most remarkable courses:  "Art and the Inner Life."  I would not have titled my talk so pretentiously.  But I did try to convey some of the teachings of Mary Holmes that have formed the backbone of my own teaching.  The lecture is in three parts, and you can access it on YouTube here

For further exposure to Mary Holmes, go to the site describing the book Addi wrote (and I edited) of interviews with Mary in the last years of her life.  You can find it here:  MaryHolmesBook.com.