The first annual East Bay Anarchist Conversation and Book event will be held on December 1st in Oakland at the Humanist Hall starting at 10am. The event will include a book fair and will promote conversations about a variety of issues related to anarchist theory and practice. There will even be a punk show at 9pm featuring The Light, Die Hard, The New Flesh, Acid Fast and Death Drive.
For complete information go to: http://eastbayanarchist.com/
On January 10th, 2013 I will deliver a lecture on Buddhist themes in contemporary film. The lecture will take place at the Buddhist Temple of Marin, in Mill Valley California from 7:30 – 9:30pm.
The ideas articulated by Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th Century BC are truths that extend beyond Buddhism itself. In this talk, I will examine a number of contemporary motion pictures in order to demonstrate how ideas basic to Buddhism are also conveyed through popular culture. By scrutinizing films such as Night of the Living Dead, Perfect Sense, The Fountain and The Matrix, we will discover how impermanence, suffering, desire and the aspiration toward enlightenment are common themes in modern film.
Full details can be found at: http://www.buddhisttempleofmarin.org/Events.html