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  • Commonweal’s Juvenile Justice Program Wins Award January 13, 2015 In December, our Juvenile Justice Program was the recipient of a 2-year grant from Battery Powered to continue important work advocating for prison reform for juveniles. Find out more about what this program has been doing.
  • Fukushima and Fish: What Are Scientists Saying Now? December 3, 2014 It’s now more than three and a half years since the nuclear disaster in Japan, and concerns regarding the impacts continue. What are scientists and doctors saying now about the risk for the California coast?
  • Fu Ni Myo Do: Mysterious Path of Not Two November 3, 2014 The New School at Commonweal hosted Zen Priest and Calligrapher Shodo Harada Roshi in September as part of their End-of-Life Conversations series. Michael Lerner talked with the Roshi about death, the condition of fear, and the preciousness of life.

Commonweal Events

  • The New School Event
Mar 15, 2015 , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Walter Murch

  • The New School Event
Mar 21, 2015

Caroline Casey

  • The New School Event
Apr 04, 2015 , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jane Hirshfield

  • The New School Event
Apr 10, 2015 , 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Gouldthorpe

  • Healing Circles
Apr 11, 2015 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Healing Circles: Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

  • Healing Circles
Apr 11, 2015 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rachel Remen, MD

  • Healing Circles
Apr 12, 2015 , 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Healing Circles: Culinary Nutrition

  • Healing Circles
Jun 05, 2015 , 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Healing Circles: Mark Rennecker, MD

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Walter Murch has been intrigued by sound his whole life. Besides editing and directing films, he's an amateur astronomer who has been fascinated with Bode’s Law, according to him an unfairly discredited 18th century theory of celestial mechanics that predicted a harmonic spacing of planetary and lunar orbits. Join The New School at Commonweal for a conversation with Walter and TNS Host Michael Lerner March 15. ...

Bode's Law Redux: New Evidence Confirms 18th Century Conjecture on Orbital Harmonies For nearly 20 years, film-maker and Bolinas resident Walter Murch has been working on rehabilitating Bode’s Law, according to him an unfairly discredited 18th century theory of celestial mechanics that predicted a harmonic spacing of planetary and lunar orbits. Join TNS Host Michael Lerner in conversation with Walter about his new research and findings. @[112377992111034:274:Walter Murch] is a film editor, sound designer, director, translator, and amateur astronomer. His 46 years of pioneering sound design and picture editing work on films include THX-1138, The Conversation, The Godfather (I, II, III), Julia, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and Jarhead, as well as Return to Oz which he wrote and directed. He is author of In the Blink of an Eye, a book about the craft of film editing, and is the subject of The Conversations by Michael Ondaatje, as well as Behind the Seen by Charles Koppelman. His latest film work (2014) is Particle Fever, a feature documentary on the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson, directed by Mark Levinson. Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which Murch edited, will be released in May of 2015.

Walter Murch

March 15, 2015, 2:00pm

The New School at Commonweal

Bode's Law Redux: New Evidence Confirms 18th Century Conjecture on Orbital Harmonies For nearly 20 years, film-maker and Bolinas resident Walter Murch has been working on rehabilitating Bode’s Law, according to him an unfairly discredited 18th century theory of celestial mechanics that predicted a harmonic spacing of planetary and lunar orbits. Join TNS Host Michael Lerner in conversation with Walter about his new research and findings. Walter Murch is a film editor, sound designer, director, translator, and amateur astronomer. His 46 years of pioneering sound design and picture editing work on films include THX-1138, The Conversation, The Godfather (I, II, III), Julia, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and Jarhead, as well as Return to Oz which he wrote and directed. He is author of In the Blink of an Eye, a book about the craft of film editing, and is the subject of The Conversations by Michael Ondaatje, as well as Behind the Seen by Charles Koppelman. His latest film work (2014) is Particle Fever, a feature documentary on the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson, directed by Mark Levinson. Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which Murch edited, will be released in May of 2015.

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Join astrologer, visionary activist, and radio host Caroline Casey at The New School at Commonweal in the celebration of an auspicious spring equinox. ...

Equinoctial Eclipse Persian New Year Comedic Cahoot of Mars and Venus Tour Calling all those Willing to be agents of the Compassionate Trickster Redeemer at this time of Dire Beauty Magnetizing the Return of Harmonia via Pragmatic Mysticism, Democratic Animism and Applied Divination (Mars and Venus are now birthing their daughter, Harmonia, awaiting our animation, to bound onto the world stage) astro*mytho*politico*talk*ritual*interview* 30 minute Carolingian talk, followed by conversational interview with Michael Lerner

Caroline Casey Celebrates Equinox at The New School

March 21, 2015, 2:00pm

The New School at Commonweal

Equinoctial Eclipse Persian New Year Comedic Cahoot of Mars and Venus Tour Calling all those Willing to be agents of the Compassionate Trickster Redeemer at this time of Dire Beauty Magnetizing the Return of Harmonia via Pragmatic Mysticism, Democratic Animism and Applied Divination (Mars and Venus are now birthing their daughter, Harmonia, awaiting our animation, to bound onto the world stage) astro*mytho*politico*talk*ritual*interview* 30 minute Carolingian talk, followed by conversational interview with Michael Lerner

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A ceremony to dedicate the gift of a light sculpture by Stephen White and Rachel's 77th birthday ...

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