Past Event

You are a Story: Illinois Novelist Ray Bradbury Teaches Us About Who We Are

A Road Scholar Program by Aaron Lawler

Hemingway writing on a notepad while sitting at a desk
Ernest Hemingway

The big questions that we have all asked at some point in our lives – “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “What does it all mean?”, and so on – are often addressed in the realms of philosophy, poetry, and psychology. The quest for these answers is a major force in human life. This workshop/presentation examines the intersection of philosophy, poetry, and psychology to see what attracts us to the quest for meaning and purpose, while also investigating how this quest affects the way we live. This exploration will provide new and fascinating insights into the human experience, while encouraging participants to keep asking questions about human nature.

The presentation/workshop is split into three interactive parts: personal identity, reflections becoming reality, and learning as transformation. Participants will explore work and ideas from VS Ramachandran, Elizabeth Loftus, David Parfit, John Locke, and Ray Bradbury.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Daniel Douglas at

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Masks and vaccinations are always recommended by the Academy and this will be published in our Program Guide. If there are any other accommodations that would be helpful, please let us know and we will do our absolute best to make sure that need is fulfilled.

Learn more about Aaron Lawler, this program, and how to book it.