Profs and Pints presents, «Epic Life Lessons,» a discussion of what we can learn from Greek and Indian epic heroes, with Shubha Pathak, associate professor of philosophy and religion at American University and author of Divine Yet Human Epics: Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Ancient Greece and India.
The debate over popular entertainment’s negative or positive effects on young people has been raging at least since the Classical Greek philosopher Plato and his student Aristotle debated epic poetry’s impact on impressionable minds. It has been renewed in recent weeks with the release of the second season of the Netflix series «13 Reasons Why,» an exploration of teen suicide.
Come to La Pop to hear Professor Pathak, a devoted fan of the Netflix series, a scholar of the epics, and a historian of religions trained in social and behavioral sciences, discuss how heroic stories of the past tackle the existential issues faced by young people--and all of us--today.
She'll talk about how two of the world’s earliest epic poems--the Greek Odyssey and the Indian Mahabharata--offer insight and inspiration to anyone who is struggling under the heavy burden of becoming and being human.
Dr. Pathak will explore the coping mechanisms of the heroes Odysseus of the Odyssey and Yudhishthira of the Mahabharata. She'll tell how divine and human characters helped those heroic kings curb suicidal tendencies in the aftermath of harrowing circumstances at sea and in war and realize their glorious and righteous potential on Ithaca and in Indraprastha.
It's a talk that not only will give you insights into ancient Greece and India, but also will help you get through lousy days and live your life to the fullest.(Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door.)