The Jung Center

Jung Center Authors: A Virtual Book Club (Part I)

Thursday, Apr. 23, 2020 – Thursday, May. 14, 2020

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM


Co-Sponsored with The Community for Conscious Aging

Get to know the work of some of The Jung Center’s outstanding writers. Several Houston-based authors who teach at the Center have recently released significant books, and together we'll discuss a few of these rich readings.

In the inaugural installment of this series, we will read Thomas Cole's Old Man Country: My Search for Meaning Among the Elders (available to order for home delivery from The Jung Center's bookstore). An internationally renowned authority on the sociology of aging, Dr. Cole is McGovern Chair and Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center. A departure from his academic writing, Old Man Country is a highly personal reflection on life in its late stages, based on interviews with a dozen notable elders as distinct from one another as Ram Dass and Paul Volcker, and including Houstonians Red Duke, Denton Cooley, and Sam Karff. For more on the book, check out Mark Ryan's review in the Houston Chronicle.

Readings for discussion:
April 23: Chapters 1-5 (pp. 1-57)
April 30: Chapters 6-8 (pp. 59-91)
May 7: Chapters 9-11 (pp. 93-127)
May 14: Chapters 12-15 (pp. 139-169) (Dr. Cole will join us for this session.)

This livestreaming program can be taken from home or anywhere with an internet connection. If you register, you will be emailed viewing instructions prior to the event.

All times are CDT. Please contact Mary Oleyar at [email protected], or 713.524.8253 x23 with any questions. Learn more about online learning.

Mark Ryan, PhD

Mark Ryan, an historian of American thought, holds a Ph.D. from Yale, where he taught for 22 years and was a residential college dean. At Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico, he served as a professor, dean of the colleges, and director of the graduate program in United States studies. His most recent book is A Different Dimension: Reflections on the History of Transpersonal Thought.

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