There are as many ways to “do” community as there are ways to “do” myth. What is more, many approaches to community-building and myth create robust, resilient ecosystems of community opportunities for mythologists. And that’s exactly what has emerged in the field of mythological studies. One member of that ecosystem is the Fates and Graces Mythologium, which has become an annual conference dedicated to cultivating the community of mythologists, providing opportunities for people to give talks, present ideas, and gather as a community of myth. It has become an important part of the ecosystem of myth community opportunities.
On Thursday July 13 at 5PM Pacific, as support for the 2023 Mythologium, the Myth Salon will stir up this mythic cauldron, serving you a Community of Communities.
In this special Mythologium - Myth Salon, we will explore the processes of creating community, that led Drs. Joanna Gardner and Stephanie Zajchowski to founding the Mythologium five years ago. We will revisit some the Mythologium’s history as well as talk about what to expect in this year’s Mythologium, which will be a unique hybrid event to be held on Pacifica’s Lambert campus and streamed live via Zoom for online attendees: Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 28-30.
Event Description: Mythologium is an annual gathering of mythologists, psychologists, and educators with an eye upon cultural constructions and forces driving creativity and spirtuality. We are expecting our panel conversation to be vibrant and substantive, and hope you’ll come with us as we explore what the Mythogium will be this year when it takes place – live and in person – on Pacifica’s Lambert Campus, July 28-30.
Joanna Gardner, Ph.D. is a writer, mythologist, and magical realist. Joanna co-founded and co-leads the Fates and Graces Mythologium, a conference for mythologists and friends of myth. She serves as Managing Editor on the Educational Task Force of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and as a thought leader with the think-tank iRewild, where she works on the EcoStories initiative. Joanna’s work appears in a variety of venues, many of which you can find on her website, joannagardner.com.
Stephanie Zajchowski, Ph.D. is a mythologist and writing coach based in Dallas, Texas. She is the Operations Coordinator for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, a contributing author of the recently published Goddesses: A Skeleton Key Study Guide, and co-founder of the Fates and Graces Mythologium, an annual conference for mythologists and friends of myth. Stephanie also works as an Instructional Designer in the airline industry and serves on the Board of Directors for the Jung Society of Austin and Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. Stephanie holds a doctorate in mythological studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a certification in Spiritual Direction from Southern Methodist University. Stephanie’s work focuses on the intersection of mythology, religion, and women’s studies.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Mythological Studies Program At Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has authored, coauthored, edited or coedited 33 volumes of poetry, non fiction and fiction. His most recent titles include The Way of Myth: Stories' Subtle Wisdom and The Fiction in Our Convictions. His web site, dennispatrickslattery.com contains a series of blogs, paintings, adventure invitations and online courses.
Dana White, Ph.D. a contributing faculty member to Pacifica's myth degrees and author of numerous volumes on mythology. Over the course of his career, Dana has worked in radio and industrial television, as a vice president of marketing for Merrill Lynch, and as an academic department chair at an art college. He edits and designs books, produces films and motion media for universities, corporations and non-profits, and is a professional photographer with more than 40 books to his credit.He currently produces and hosts the Myth Salon, a venture he co-founded in 2016 with Dr. Will Linn,
Will Linn, PhD, Will is a Creative Mythologist. For three seasons and thirty episodes, he anchored the Sky, ZDF and History Channel TV show, Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity as one of the two recurring “meta experts.” He is the founder of mythouse.org and Head Mythologist for Fascinated by Everything—a visionary experience company that creates narrative art in next-generation mediums. Will served as a leader for the Joseph Campbell Foundation over an eight year period and was the founding chair of an innovative film and performing arts college called Relativity School in Los Angeles Center Studios. From 2015-2023, he taught myth, anthropology, writing, story and philosophy at the college while leading high school, graduate and professional coursework in the United States and Europe. His media and conference appearances, publications and roundtables have been focused on the poesis of nature and technology, meta-narratives of transformation, historical arcs in the mythic imagination and the archetypal revolution of meteor-steel.
The Myth Salon is all about cultivating community – bringing people and ideas into a delicious convergence every month to explore ideas of substance. Dr. Will Linn and Dr. Dana C White, the indefatigable moderators of our Myth Salon, congregate the mythological community to explore upon this rich and fertile path, and increase the amperage of myth and substance wherever we are. When we nurture and sustain our community relations and involvement, we all benefit! The full playlist of Myth Salons since the Spring of 2020 can be found Here.
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