No Wealth but Life: Why John Ruskin Matters Today
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, at Arch Street (Berkeley, CA)
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch included) with reception to follow.
Few have more powerfully criticized the impoverished notion of wealth embraced by the modern world than John Ruskin (1819-1900), yet his voice is curiously absent from today’s debates. Join us as we take a fresh look at Ruskin’s ideas and consider the ways in which his deep concern for true civilization, the well-being of the earth and humanity, and a life restored to its basis in real wealth, offers us both profound insight and hope for a more wholesome and happy future. Berkeley author Gray Brechin (UC Berkeley’s Living New Deal; author, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin), and Ruskin scholars James L. Spates (Guild of St. George; Professor of Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY) and Sara Atwood (Guild of St. George; author, Ruskin’s Educational Ideals).will speak about Ruskin’s lasting contribution to our understanding of modern civilization.
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