PDSIG/ENC joint meeting: What did the Stoics ever do for us? How classical research may be good for our health and wellbeing

An Exeter Medical School seminar
Date17 November 2014
Time17:00 to 18:00
PlaceLecture Theatre, Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC), RD&E Hospital (Wonford)

A talk on key Stoic ideas and exploration of their relevance for those living and working with chronic disorders, by Professor Christopher Gill, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter.

All are welcome to attend this joint meeting with the Parkinson's Disease Specific Interest Group (PDSIG) and Exeter Neuroscience Consortium (ENC).

Does ancient Greek wisdom and philosophy have anything to say to us today that might be helpful in finding our inner strengths and resources to meet life’s challenges?

Stoicism stresses the importance of focusing on what we can actually do in life by our own efforts and on accepting what we cannot control in a spirit of calm and equanimity.

Professor Gill will give a short talk on key Stoic ideas and then invite questions and discussion about whether exploring these ideas further may be helpful, particularly for those living and working with chronic disorders.

Together with other academics and psychotherapists, he is organising an international ‘Live like a Stoic Week’ (24 - 30 November 2014), a free online course on Stoic principles for living. He will explain what this popular course involves, for anyone interested in following it. He will also discuss the option of holding further sessions in Exeter, either to support those following the course, or instead of it. The session will close with a short meditation on Stoic themes.
Tea and coffee will be available from 16.15.

Please note pre-registration is not required for this event.

*Dartline PR3 Park & Ride bus stops just outside PEOC entrance.

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