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Picture The second session of Ben Franklin Circles met at the Santa Barbara Central Library on February 26, 2018 with 24 Santa Barbara community members. 

The monthly ongoing in-depth dialogues based on Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues are a program of the Santa Barbara Public Library and a significant Thematic Learning Initiative outcome, originally initiated from Arts & Lectures' two-day residency with and presentations by Emily Esfahani Smith in November 2017.
 
The local Ben Franklin Circles leader is Programming & Marketing Librarian Jen Lemberger, who has connected the SB Library with national organizations such as New York City's 92nd Street Y, the Hoover Institution at Stanford and Citizen University in Seattle. The second session in Santa Barbara and first virtue to be discussed was Temperance which Franklin defined as "Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation." The group was broken into two self-lead circles, before joining back together and sharing highlights from each discussion. The diverse conversations covered modern day interpretations of moderation, gluttony, privilege, accountability, self-control and discipline. Also raised were keystone habits, digital overload impacts, regulation influencing others, and supporting "thy neighbor".

Get Involved
  • Attend the next Ben Franklin Circle meeting on Mon March 26, 6:30-8:00pm.
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Picture Film Screening: An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Monday, March 5,  2018
Santa Barbara Public Library
Public Event

Following the screening UCSB Global Studies Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, shared his memories as a Masters student at Union Theological Seminary in NYC where Niebuhr was one of his teachers. Professor Juergensmeyer also fielded questions from the audience and further discussed the importance of Reinhold Niebuhr and his writings, such as the well-known serenity prayer that reads:

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.
- Reinhold Niebuhr 
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Winter 2018 Thematic Learning Initiative events are now live! Registration recommended. View 2017-2018 TLi Events
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Picture History Book Club Discussion: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Santa Barbara Central Library - Faulkner East
Public event

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Attend the next history book club meeting, Mar 25 at the Santa Barbara Central Library. The read is 1491, New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.  
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Picture Artist Discussion with Cameron Carpenter

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
UCSB Elings Hall
Public Event

Cameron Carpenter met with community members, students and faculty from the UCSB Media Arts and Technology program, where students of diverse artistic background integrate new media into their practices. Moderated by faculty member Joanne Kuchera-Morin, chief designer of the AlloSphere, the conversation covered Carpenter's perspectives on the history of the organ, the role of the digital organ in contemporary musical culture, and the technology used to create and design the instrument.

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Picture Q&A with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz: All the World's a Lab - Analyzing Data to Understand What Customers Want

Tuesday, February 13,  2018
Carrillo Recreation Center Ballroom
Public event

"Big Data" expert Seth Stephens-Davidowitz met on February 13, 2018 with 30 local business people and other community members for an A&L Thematic Learning Initiative afternoon session (75 minutes).
Attendees included members of The Impact Hub, Women's Economic Ventures, Sonos, Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization. Participants found Davidowitz's research and analysis of GoogleTrends and GoogleAd data bases fascinating as he described how clues in the data were useful in predicting consumer behavior, differentiating customer intentions vs. actions,  managing survey factions,  translating results, buying patterns, search engine power and human intuition. He shared algorithm factors that could aid in recognizing both physical and mental health tendencies and spoke of Google cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control in an effort towards improving public health outcomes. The audience engaged Davidowitz on data assessment, ethical responsibilities, filtering and privacy amongst other issues.
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Picture History Book Club Discussion: American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

Thursday, January 25,  2018
Santa Barbara Central Library - Faulkner East
Public event

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Attend the next history book club meeting, Feb 22 at the Santa Barbara Central Library. The read is Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. More info >>

or, respond to this discussion question in the comment section below:
  • How can we better put the books we read in their historical contexts?
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Picture Q&A with BJ Miller, M.D.: How Can We Rethink Our Perspective on End of Life Care?

Thursday, January 11,  2018
43 people attended
Unitarian Society Parish Hall
Public event

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To do more, check out these local groups committed to continuing the death conversation:
or, respond to these discussion questions in the comment section below:
  • How can we create space (personally or professionally) for people to experience death how they choose, rather than setting expectations and quieting their mourning?
  • How can we remove feelings of guilt and shame from our own or others' death and dying experience?
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Picture Faulkner Gallery - Santa Barbara Central Library
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