The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Update: please note the start time of this program is 2:00pm. Our e-newsletter incorrectly stated this program takes place at 6:00pm. 

Join us as we listen to and discuss Wade Davis’ 2009 CBC Massey Lectures series The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World ! Wade Davis will join us for the last session to discuss where we go from here.

In Polynesia, we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific ten centuries before Christ. In the Amazon we meet the descendants of a true lost civilization, the Peoples of the Anaconda. We then travel to Nepal, where we encounter a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, who emerges from forty-five years of Buddhist retreat and solitude. Finally, we settle in Borneo, where the last rainforest nomads struggle to survive.

Understanding the lessons of this journey will be our mission for the next century. For at risk is the human legacy -- a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our time.

Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, and Polynesia to the Arctic.

Please note that this session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.


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Repeats every week every Tuesday 7 times except Tue Feb 02 2021.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 2:00pm


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