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Liberating Humanities & Arts

The Aim(s) of Art - Spiritual and Social Transformation

Course Description

Neohumanism places special emphasis on the role of the arts and artists in society. This course is unique in the way that it explores how art may be aimed at both spiritual and social transformation. It also allows students to not only analyze and appreciate art but also to produce and promote it. This course welcomes university students, retirees, and professionals seeking a meaningful diversion or change in their lives. Through engaging discussions and hands-on activities, students will deepen their understanding of art's potential for spiritual and social transformation, gaining the knowledge and inspiration to produce impactful artwork aimed at serving society and fostering personal growth. 

Instructor: Dr. Marco Oliveira

Marco Alexandre de Oliveira is a professor, translator, and writer. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina. He has taught several academic courses and written a number of scholarly articles on the topics of art, literature, and culture. His alter-ego, Gringo Carioca, is a poet and visual artist based in Rio de Janeiro, whose work has been published in books and journals and exhibited in galleries and museums both in Brazil and abroad.

Video Description

Course start date: August 3, 2024

Course time: Saturdays, 10-11:30am ET

Price: $50 USD. 

Duration: 8 weeks (Aug 3 - Sept 21, 2024)

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Prior Students' Reviews

“The teacher was great. The poems, stories and artwork were marvelous, and he could open our eyes to so much wisdom in each work."

- Dada Maheshvarananda

“I enjoyed the opportunity to share something original in this course. I found the practice of composing music and performing it in class was both therapeutic and heart-expanding to observe others in their unique artistic space."

- Rśi

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