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Summer Conference 2022: The Way of the Heart – WEBINAR

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Date: Friday 26th August 2022 - Sunday 28th August 2022 Location:
Start time: 4:00pm End time: 12:30pm Type: Webinar

We are delighted to welcome back Robert Mercurio and Giulia Valerio, whose joint presentation in 2017 was so warmly received.

The pathways of reason and of logic are both linear and straight, without curves or bends. They are for the most part foreseeable and lead us to their destination without wasting time. The way of the heart may, at first sight, seem to be imprecise, irregular, and full of detours. It is however the pathway of poets, of lovers, of mystics, and of artists. There is a place where the pathway of reason and the way of the heart meet and intertwine, complementing and correcting each another. This is what T. S. Eliot called ‘the still point’, and even those who work in the fields of the so-called ’empirical sciences’ have begun to appreciate the importance of the way these two paths crisscross. We will try to examine various ways in which these two paths interact with one another and see the value of the synergy that can thus emerge. Topics include: ‘The Courage of the Heart’, ‘The Vision of the Heart’, ‘The Poetry of the Heart’, and ‘The Inclusiveness of the Heart’.

The full timetable for the conference can be viewed here: 2022 Oxford Conference Programme  The four talks will be livestreamed to webinar attendees as follows:

Session 1: Friday 26th August, 16:00-18:15 British Summer Time (BST)
Introduction to the Conference
Robert Mercurio: “The Mystery of Heart-Soul”
To include a short break followed by Q&A

Session 2: Saturday 27th August, 09:30-12:30 BST
Giulia Valerio: “Jung and His Way and The Experience of the Heart”
To include a short break followed by Q&A

Session 3: Saturday 27th August, 16:00-18:15 BST
Robert Mercurio: “Heart: Through the Body to the Universe”
To include a short break followed by Q&A

Session 4: Sunday 28th August, 09:30-12:30 BST
Giulia Valerio: “Mary Magdalene: The Revolution of the Heart”
To include a short break followed by final plenary session.

You will receive two Zoom links for this conference: one will cover the Friday and Saturday talks and the second will cover Sunday’s.  (We had to split them because of Zoom’s time limits). Each session will open ten minutes before the scheduled start time.
All registrants will receive a link to the videos of the talks shortly after the event. Please note that the videos will not include the Q&A discussions.

Please Note:

This page is for booking the webinar only.  Please click here if you wish to attend in person.

Both the live and webinar audience will be able to put their questions to the speakers.

Webinar booking closes at 10:00 on the morning of the first day.