Westlake book group to study the power of myth

Case Western University’s Off-Campus Studies program is presenting "The Power of Myth" in Westlake this fall. Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of a hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" hit the New York Times best-seller list in 1988 when it became the subject of "The Power of Myth," a PBS television special.

The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today – and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.

The leader-teacher is Charlene Mileti, who holds a BFA from Kent State University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Toledo and a JD from Cleveland State University. Mileti has worked as a law clerk, trial attorney in civil law, and taught in the MBA program for Ashland University.

This group will be meeting at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road, on Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Sept. 22-Nov. 10. The fee is $82 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $98 for non-members. To register online, go to case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/off-campus-studies and look for West Side courses. To register by phone call 216-368-2090. If you have questions, feel free to call Joan Grace, 440-777-9381, or Sandra Berendt, 440-892-4931.

Off-Campus Studies is a program offered in collaboration with the Association for Continuing Education (ACE). Courses are eight weeks long and meet for 1.5 hours per class. There are no written assignments or exams, but rather the classes provide an open environment for lively discussion based on meaningful examination of shared texts. Leader-teachers facilitate the discussion and provide academic background and context. Participation is open to everyone and groups welcome new members with enthusiasm.

Joan Grace

Co-coordinator for Case Off-Campus Studies in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:12 AM, 09.07.2016