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Fall 2018 2nd Saturday Lineup

Our 2nd Saturday events are a great way to connect with the humanities in a community setting. For each event, we meet in the M Station Classroom (2906 East MLK Jr. Blvd., above the leasing office) from 10 am—noon. We will have bagels and coffee, and attendees are always invited to bring brunch items to share. Kiddos and guests are welcome, with child care provided by M Station Learning Center staff.


Saturday, Nov. 10: Learning to Read as a Writer 

Writing fiction is an exercise in seeing both the forest and the trees. You need to think about a scene or plot as a whole but work on them one sentence at a time. This is why we often lose track of where we’re going and why our great ideas seem to dissipate once we begin writing. How can we solve problems of character, scene, plot, and structure word by word and sentence by sentence? Often, we can find these strategies in the stories we read. Author and teacher Michael Noll will lead us through several exercises to find new tools for our own work.

Michael directs programming for the Writer’s League of Texas and formerly taught in Free Minds.


Saturday, Dec. 8: Live Your Virtue: Aristotle on Pursuing Excellence and Living in Community

Aristotle’s view of a life well-lived included both the individual pursuit of excellence and living in community with fellow human beings. Join us for a conversation about living well in difficult times, facilitated by Matthew Daude Laurents, Ph.D.

Matthew is a philosopher, philosophical counselor, and long-time professor in the Free Minds Project. He serves as Dean of Liberal Arts at Austin Community College.