A vibration anywhere is felt everywhere
Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-3pm
Location: Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Lecture cost: $15.00
How do humans make sense of the world? This lecture presents the concept of shape as a key to the past and a way to glimpse the future. In a tour through time from migratory tribes to the modern era, this presentation traces how the very shape of human shelters, social systems, and sacred sites reveal the mental map of an era. Migratory humans understood the world as a web, cycling and interconnected, expressed in round thatched huts and sacred stone circles. Settled humans have ordered their world as a ladder, based on hierarchy and measurement from pyramids to skyscrapers. Today the links and nodes of networks master our daily lives. From tribal rituals to gravity-defying architecture in China, to views from space, we shape our world, and then it shapes us
Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: March 20-24, 2019, time TBA
Location: Virginia Festival of the Book, Venue TBA
Lois will be a featured speaker at the Virginia Festival of the Book! More details to come soon.
Date: Tuesday, August 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Buildings, behaviors and beliefs reflect humans' search for pattern and meaning. We can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, will use beautiful photography and fresh perspective of history to take us on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China, with many places and shapes in between.
Date: Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Member Pricing: $15.00, Non-member Pricing: $20.00
How do humans make sense of the world? Journey through time — from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China — with documentary filmmaker Lois Stark as she unveils a hidden key to our worldview: shape. We’ll learn how migratory humans understood the world as a circular web, interconnected with nature. When civilization entered, humans built pyramids and skyscrapers that fit a ladder worldview, full of hierarchy and measurements. Today, the network masters our daily lives through the Internet’s ever-evolving links and hubs. What’s next? By watching when shapes shift, we’ll read the past and glimpse the future.
The Texas Book Festival
Date: Saturday and Sunday October 27-28
Location: At the State Capitol, Austin, TX
Find your copy of The Telling Image at the Texas Book Festival. Lois will be on hand to sign books each day. The Texas Book Festival is free to attend and happens on the grounds of the State Capitol. Stay tuned for booth information!
Sarah Lawrence College: New York Chapter
NYC: An Evening with Lois Farfel Stark '65
Date: Wednesday May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Join us for "The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times," a special evening with documentary filmmaker and best-selling author Lois Farfel Stark '65 as she discusses her book "The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times." In "The Telling Image," Stark reveals how buildings, behaviors, and beliefs reflect humans' search for meaning, and she illustrates how we can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Hosted by Stephanie Cooper '65, MFA '76 in Manhattan's Columbus Circle (address will be shared upon registration).
Galveston Arts Center
Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2:00PM
Location: Galveston Arts Center
2127 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550
Documentary filmmaker Lois Farfel Stark draws on her years with NBC News in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe to explore how the shapes of shelters, social systems, and sacred sites reveal a culture’s mindset for a presentation at Galveston Arts Center (GAC) 2:00 – 3:00 PM Saturday, March 24. The presentation will be held in the second-floor Peaches Kempner Studio Classroom; Stark will be available to meet and greet guests, and sign her book, The Telling Image, in the ArtWorks Museum Store 3:00 - 5:00. Copies of The Telling Image may be purchased before and after the presentation.
Author and documentary filmmaker Stark suggests the key to reading the past and glimpsing the future can be found in the shapes of domiciles. Drawing on her years with NBC News in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, Stark explains that the shapes of shelters, social systems, and sacred sites reveal a culture’s mindset. Her illustrated talk takes the audience from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to contemporary hotels in China.
Released February 2018, The Telling Image discusses how, in every era of humanity, people have been searching for meaning and pattern. Illustrated with captivating original photos, Stark takes readers on a journey through time, place, and shape. Symbols such as church steeples and skyscrapers are seen as ladders; shelters, sacred places, and social systems that reflect their inhabitants’ frames of mind.
Stark is an Emmy-Award winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author. She has independently written and produced documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues. She is a trustee at institutions in education, health, the arts, and public service, including her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She now resides in Houston.
Date: Wednesday, March 28 at 12:30 pm
Location: UT El-Paso, Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union East 3rd floor
Lois will discuss the history of women through myth and shape, storytelling and the iconography of the hero/heroine.
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival - Local Literati
Date: Sunday, October 29th, 11:00am
Location: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, Texas 77096, Room TBA
Art and Soul seems to define this year’s contributions to the Local Literati program. Join us as we hear from Houston writers and inquire about their most recent literary endeavors.
A reception and book signing in the Bookstore follows the program. This year's featured authors include Idan Ben-Ezra (The Book of Insights), Dr. Milton S. Klein (Learned by Heart: Dialogues with my Father), Ann M. Leis and Gail Danziger Klein (Music of the Butterfly: A Story of Hope), and Lois Stark (The Telling Shapes of Changing Times).
Free and open to the public.
Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: American General Conference Room, Mezzanine Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 5601 Main Street. Parking available in garage.
Documentary filmmaker Lois Stark notes that history is often told as a story of rulers and wars; she prefers to tell the story of human history through the lens of shape.
Ms. Stark will illustrate the mental maps that shape how humans build shelters, bind social systems, and form sacred sites. She avers that early humans understood the world as a web, building round thatched huts and stone circles. In contrast, industrial age humans saw the world as a ladder, ordered by hierarchy and measurement, from pyramids to skyscrapers. In today’s interconnected world, she contends, networks are our mental map, as seen in everything from architecture to biology to social media. By noticing past shapes, Ms. Stark asserts that we can anticipate what’s next. Nature does not change, only the map in the human mind.
Lois Farfel Stark is the author of the forthcoming book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times. She has been a producer and writer for NBC News, filming in Africa, the Middle East, Cuba, Northern Ireland, Europe, and the USA. She has produced and written over forty documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and has master’s degrees in communication and in education.
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