Exploration of The Power of Myth– A Front Range Forum Discussion Group

Facilitators: Kay & Frank Gillespie, 226-3731, kaygi2@aol.com Dates: Wednesdays, January 9—February 27, 2019 Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Text: The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers Presentations: Optional, short personal reflections on the material

The teaching, scholarship, work, and thought of the late mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) is internationally recognized for inviting our attention to our human commonalities through the phenomenon of myth, which touches each of us in ways that we may not even realize. Campbell analyzed, elucidated, and interpreted myth in new ways, which encourage us to reflect upon our individual and collective human experiences and beliefs.

A six-part series entitled Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth and consisting of conversations between Campbell and Bill Moyers aired on public television in 1988, and it remains one of the most popular programs ever aired on public television. During this eight-week session we will explore this significant body of thought and articulate and discuss our own reactions and experiences in the process. Our discussions will follow the viewing of the PBS programs (in class), and two volunteers will be invited to offer 5-10 minute “personal reflections” on chapter content for each of the eight chapters of the book. Note that doing so is not a requirement. These reflections will also contribute to our discussions. Participants should read chapter I prior to the first class meeting.