The Academy hosts concerts and gatherings throughout the year. All of our events foster creativity and facilitate conversations centered on reflection, transformation, and “learning ourselves” into a better world.
Our upcoming event is The Future of Learning Dialogue: Learning in Community and will be livestreamed on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm MT. A live broadcast can be found below.
Join us in conversation #TheFutureofLearning and #TheLearningSpirit
The Future of Learning Dialogue: Learning in Community
The Future of Learning Dialogue: Learning in Community features Academy Founder and President Aaron Stern in conversation with writer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem. Conversation will explore learning as a human experience connecting us with our sense of purpose and personal truth. Through interactive inquiry and conversation, we will discuss ways we can teach each other how to live in the world together. Gloria, informed by a long-standing history of activism, will enter the dialogue with an inquiry point: How do we deepen our pathways to intimacy and understanding, so we can learn together in the ways that we have forgotten?
Gloria and Aaron’s conversation begins a series of dialogues that will reclaim learning as a practice that connects humans with their sense of self, agency, and sovereignty. We will perhaps learn our way to becoming better at being human beings.
Past Live Events
August 25th, 2019 – Bearing Witness: The Academy’s Annual Leonard Bernstein Concert
- Description: Bearing Witness explored the themes of Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony through a communal viewing and facilitated conversation. We experienced live multi-media and opera performances of all three movements of the symphony, 1. Prophecy (warning), 2. Profanation (desecration), and 3. Lamentation. These movements served as inquiry points into Bernstein’s question “Don’t We Never Learn?!” and Stern’s answer – that “As human beings, we have the capacity to transform both individually and collectively.” After experiencing the symphony, Aaron Stern facilitated group conversation and was joined by Hakim Bellamy. We shared reflection and conversation with the hashtags #ReflectintoAction, #ExpressInspiration, #SetonCastleLive, and #LBFellowship.
- Performers, Facilitators, and Creators :
August 25th, 2018 – Lenny’s Living Legacy: A Concert Celebration
- Description: Academy President and Founder Aaron Stern celebrates the anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an afternoon concert featuring special works from Bernstein’s repertoire (vocal, orchestral, and solo instrumental), along with stories of Aaron’s time spent with Lenny (as he knew him) and stories of his personhood and musicianship. Charlie Harmon, Lenny’s last musical assistant, will also read from his new book on his time as Bernstein’s assistant.
- Kathlene Ritch, Soprano
- Tychiko Cox, Baritone
- Barbara Bogatin, Cello
- Grisha Krivchenia, Piano
- Charlie Harmon, Author
May 20th, 2018 – Don’t We Never Learn: Part II: Learning and Transformation
April 29th, 2018 – Don’t We Never Learn: Part I: Trouble in Tahiti
- Description: A two-part series of dialogues, Don’t We Never Learn celebrated the Academy’s 20th anniversary while reflecting on our past and exploring our emerging transformation. Dialogues explored the question that most occupied Lenny (as Aaron knew Leonard Bernstein) in the last decade of his life: “Don’t we never learn?”, and Aaron’s deep conviction that indeed we do learn: we transform, and become better at being human. Part 1: Trouble in Tahiti gathered community for a screening of Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera ‘Trouble in Tahiti’, followed by a conversation focused on how this masterpiece relates directly to today’s times. Central to our inquiry will be the question “Don’t we never learn?” and Aaron’s deep conviction that indeed we do learn: we transform, and become better at being human. Part II: Learning and Transformation was a shared conversation with Academy President and Founder Aaron Stern and Dr. Richie Davidson, Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds focused on what we are learning about the transformative impact of the Academy’s work.
- Academy Founder and President Aaron Stern
- Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds Dr. Richie Davidson