From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein’s famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.
Occupy salon meets the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. This will be a space for all community members, Politically Inspired book clubbers, and Occupiers to come together to get to know one another, engage in meaningful dialogue, learn collaboratively, and create a shared vision for the future. Each week may have a different theme, question, or reading that we wish to discuss together. Specific and current salon details can be found at: http://www.meetup.com/PoliticallyInspired
What is a salon?
A salon is a gathering of people from living rooms to bookstores, they are held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase knowledge through conversation.
These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.
Salons were at ‘the very heart of the philosophic community’ and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment. In the past, present, and future!