CANCELLED F603 Winter 2019 The Power of Myth
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 23–Feb. 13
Class limit: 80
Instructor: Johnnie Hicks
Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) was an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer best known for his work in comparative religions. Many of us remember him for the fascinating responses to interviews with journalist Bill Moyers in the 1986 PBS series, The Power of Myth. Moyers has summarized the guiding idea of Campbell’s work to be “the commonality of themes in world mythologies and religions that center on the human psyche for a ‘centering’ in terms of deep principles.” This course will draw from portions of these interviews, as well as other Campbell books and writings, to examine some common themes in mythologies that he refers to as “the song of the universe ... music we dance to even when we cannot name the tune!” Following the viewings, participants will be invited to join in discussing some of these major universal themes.
Johnnie Hicks, a professional educator and counselor, carries a lifelong passion for learning about world cultures and religions. She has twice lived in Iran where she taught at the Tehran American School and visited neighboring countries. She retired from Fairfax County Public Schools and has taught several courses on multicultural topics for George Mason University.