TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2015 FROM 6:30 TO 8:30
CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
201 W MIFFLIN ST, MADISON, WI 53703
Simone Weil was a factory worker, labor organizer, teacher, Christian, resistance fighter, and philosopher who dedicated her life to sharing in the suffering of others.
She believed paying attention was the key not to eliminating suffering but rather to turning it into something useful. Join us Tuesday, June 22 for a screening of the documentary An Encounter with Simone Weil to learn more about her life and how it can inform and even transform our relationships and politics today. Afterwards, join a doctor, a university chaplain, an artist and a poet for conversation. Some of the questions we’ll be addressing are: How can we bridge the gap between our beliefs and our behavior? How can you be fully present with another person? How can we witness pain without necessarily trying to “solve” it? How has technology changed our ability to pay attention? What are the benefits and costs of paying attention?
Discussion will be facilitated by the Rev. Jonathan Melton, performer and visual artist Angela Richardson, Dr. Elizabeth Perry with UW, and poet Rita Mae Reese.
Jonathan is an Episcopal priest, working at the Episcopal Student Center on the campus of UW-Madison.