Appearances

My more recent and upcoming appearances focus on topics from my book published in July 2020, The Mythology of America’s Seasonal Holidays, my latest book The Mythology of Wine, published on October 28, 2020, as well as other mythological and spiritual topics.

Upcoming Appearances (in chronological order)

  • Presentation of paper at annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, March 2021. Topic “Toward Mythological Biblical Criticism.”
  • Lecture at the Central Coast Jung Society in San Luis Obispo, California, at the United Church of Christ, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road. Topic: “The Nature of Religious Truth: Depth Psychological and Mythological Dimensions.” [Note: postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus. New date to be announced.]

Recent Appearances (in reverse chronological order)

  • Lecture (on Zoom) at Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California, December 22, 2020. Topic: “The Mythology of Christmas.”
  • Interview and discussion (on Zoom) on “The Punchdown” program of Wes Hagen, November 20, 2020. Topic: “The Mythology of Wine.”
  • Talk (on Zoom) at Central Coast Home Vintners’ Association, Santa Maria, California, November 7, 2020. Topic: “The Mythology of Wine.”
  • Presentation (on Zoom) at Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological Roundtable, NY Mythology Group, October 8, 2020. Title: “The Mythology of Halloween”
  • Presentation at Mythologium 2020 conference (virtual on Zoom). Title: “The Mythology of Groundhog Day and the Film Groundhog Day.” August 1, 2020.
  • Evening Lecture at Solvang, California, Public Library, 5:30 p.m., December 4, 2019. Topic: “The Mythology of Christmas.”
  • Speech before the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club at Firestone Walker Brewery and Restaurant in Buellton, California, October 23, 2019, 5:30-7:30. Topic: “The Mythology of Wine.”
  • Presentation at the Mythologium mythology conference in Morro Bay, California, August 2-4, 2019. Topic: “Depth Psychological Aspects of the Christian Myth.” 
  • Talk at Casa Dumetz Wines in Los Alamos, California, Friday, April 19, 2019, Title: “The Mythology of Wine.”
  • Talk at Solvang, California, Rotary Club, Alisal Ranch Course Clubhouse, Solvang, April 16, 2019. Title: “The Mythology of Wine.”
  • Lecture at Carr Winery in Santa Ynez, California, March 13, 2019. Title: “The Mythology of Wine.” 
  • Evening lecture at the Solvang, California, Public Library, October 24, 2018. Title: “The Mythology Underlying Halloween.”
  • Lecture at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California, February 21, 2018. Title: “Gnosticism and Modern Spirituality: A Mythological and Depth Psychological Approach.”
  • Taught 3-day weekend course at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California, Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018. Topic: “The Nature of Religious Truth: A Mythological and Depth Psychological Approach.”
  • Lecture at the national headquarters of The Theosophical Society in America in Wheaton, Illinois, October 29, 2015. Title: “Esoteric Christianity: The Meaning of the Garden of Eden Story.” Click here for the video on YouTube.
  • Lecture at the Mythinformation Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 27, 2015, organized by MythicistMilwaukee. Title: “What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden?” To view on YouTube, click here.
  • One-hour interview on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show internet podcast, May 24, 2015, regarding the mythology of the Adam and Eve story.  To listen to the interview on YouTube, click here.
  • Presentation of Paper at Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, California, November 22-25, 2014. Topic, “Finding the Self in the Garden of Eden: The Cosmic and Psychological Dimensions of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
  • Lecture at the Adult Forum at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2014.  Topic: “The Reception and Meaning of the Eden Story in Early Christianity.”
  • Lecture at Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable, Ojai, California, under the Teaching Tree at the Ojai Foundation, June 29, 2014. Topic: Mythological, Historical, Metaphysical, and Psychological Dimensions of the Garden of Eden Story and their relevance for us today.
  • Presentation of Paper at Pacific Coast Regional Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Hope International University, Fullerton, California, March 30, 2014. Topic: “Seeing Through Godlike Eyes Opened in the Garden: The Cosmic and Human Dimensions of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
  • Lecture and discussion at “Canoe” Book Discussion Group, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois, January 16, 2014. Topic: “Mythical Material and Authorial Intent in the Garden of Eden Story: Anti-Canaanite and Anti-Goddess Polemic and the Cosmic Nature of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
  • Presentation of Paper at Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, Maryland, November 23, 2013. Topic: “Yahweh’s Divorce: The Hidden Goddess in the Garden of Eden.”
  • Presentation of Paper at Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, May 5, 2013. Topic: Anti-Canaanite and Anti-Goddess Polemic in the Garden of Eden Story.
  • Presentation of Paper at Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 5, 2013. Topic: “Yahweh’s Divorce: The Hidden Goddess in the Garden of Eden.”
  • Presentation of Paper at Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, The American Oriental Society, and the Society of Biblical Literature, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, February 9, 2013. Topic: “The Goddess and Yahweh in the Garden of Eden Story.”

 

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