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This is the second annual Stoicism Today event, and the biggest global event on Stoic philosophy in 2014. It brings together leading experts on Stoicism and its modern relevance. It is part of Stoic Week 2014. The event will explore practical advice for Stoic resilience and flourishing, ancient techniques for transforming the self, and how modern psychotherapy draws on Stoic wisdom.
The event also sees the launch of a new book, ‘Stoicism Today: Selected Writings’, which includes contributions by many of the event’s speakers.
Registration: 10 – 10.30 (Arts Two theatre, Queen Mary, University of London)
Start: 10.30 – 10.45: The Stoic revival (Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life, and Patrick Ussher, author of Stoicism Today)
First session: Discovering Stoic wisdom
10.45 – 11.05: Stoic ethics: how to relate wisely to others (Professor Christopher Gill, Exeter University)
11.05 – 11.25: Stoicism and emotions (Dr John Sellars, KCL, author of Stoicism)
11.25 – 11.35: audience Q&A with Chris and John
11.35 – 11.45 – How Stoicism helped me: two personal accounts
11.45 – 12.00 – break / discussion among audience members: how has Stoicism helped you?
Second session: Putting Stoicism into practice today
12 – 12.20: Stoicism in schools, prisons, the army and business (Jules Evans; Nikki Cameron, HMP Low Moss; Mark Hardie, former Marine, resilience coach; Gill Garrett, author Stoicism for work)
12.20 – 12.30: Stoicism courses online (Donald Robertson, author of Teach Yourself Stoicism)
12.30 – 12.40: The evidence base for Stoic therapy (Tim LeBon, author of Wise Therapy)
12.40 – 1pm Q&A / panel with Jules, Nikki, Mark, Gill, Donald and Tim
Lunch break (1-2): Lunch will be included in the ticket price and provided at the event
Workshops will be repeated, so delegates can choose two.
First workshop session 2-3pm:
Christopher Gill: Stoicism, nature and the environment
Patrick Ussher and Gabriele Galluzzio: Cultivating a wise relationship with technology
Gill Garrett: Stoicism at work
Jules Evans: Lives transformed: personal accounts of Stoic healing
Tim LeBon: Guided Stoic meditation
Donald Robertson: Stoicism and love
John Sellars: Value judgements and how to avoid them
Tea/coffee break: 3-3.30 pm
Second workshop session: 3.30-4.30 pm
The workshops from the first session will be repeated so delegates can visit another workshop
Concluding plenary discussion: 4.30-5.30:
4.30-4.45: Why we need Greek wisdom today (Professor Angie Hobbs)
4-4.45 – 5.30: Concluding panel discussion (Angie Hobbs and the Stoicism Today team)
The pre-event fee is £15, which includes coffee, tea and lunch. The event will cost £20 on the door. We’re not making a profit from this event and none of the speakers are being paid – the ticket price is entirely to cover the overhead costs of the event.
This is a great event for any fans of Stoicism, or anyone interested in learning about this highly practical and therapeutic ancient philosophy, whose modern devotees include Arianna Huffington, Tom Wolfe, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Elle MacPherson and Adrian Edmondson.