CBD 2020: Finding True Ground in Hard Times through Love Stories

October 05, 2020|12:30pm

We normally think of love stories as guides or reassurances about the presence of love in our world, but in this session we’ll look at how they also help us meet the kind of wider upheavals many of us are experiencing right now—social, economic, public health.  We will explore how some of the oldest, simplest love stories give us maps for how to meet uncertainty, isolation, and fear and we will try out a few brief practices that help us nourish our reflex to love and use it to experience more freedom and belonging, even in hard times.


Instructor: Jonah Willihnganz, MFA, PhD is the Bruce Braden Lecturer of Narrative Studies and director of the Stanford Storytelling Project, an arts program that explores how story craft and practices can support personal and social change.  He studies how stories and storytelling can deepen natural human capacities such as awareness, courage, empathy and teaches courses in creative writing, literature, and critical theory. He is also a co-founder the LifeWorks, a program in the School of Medicine devoted to experiential, whole-student education.

This event is part of the free Stanford Contemplation By Design Summit, Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2020. The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.