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Can the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism help us in responding to acute political and personal problems? How does Stoicism reconcile the search for inner peace of mind with affection, love and social concerns?
Come for an afternoon of talks, interviews, and question-and-answer sessions, with plenty of audience participation, social breaks, and free evening drinks. This is the third Stoicon held at QMUL on since 2014. Saturday October 22 2016.
£15 ticket price for four hours of talks and workshops by experts, afternoon tea, and evening drinks and nibbles. Book here The event is at Queen Mary, University of London, in the Arts 2 theatre. Nearest tube Mile End Road.
Talks and workshops will be from 2.30pm to 6pm, followed by drinks from 6 to 7.30. The programme will include:
Tim LeBon on Stoic responses to the Brexit vote or a possible Trump victory.
Christopher Gill interviews Elena Isayev on her experiences with refugees in the West Bank and the Calais ‘jungle’.
Jules Evans talks to members of European champions Saracens rugby club about the value of Stoic wisdom in dealing with training, victory and defeat.
Donald Robertson talks about Stoic approaches to resilience and love and how the two are linked.
Gabriele Galluzzo discusses Stoic emotions – those we want to get rid of and those we want to develop.
Antonia Macaro talks about Stoic and Buddhist meditations on death


What Stoicism means to me interview

Donald Robertson asked me some interesting questions about Stoicism. You can read the whole interview here, here's an extract
Q: What are some of your favourite Stoic quotations and why?
Here are some of my favourites:
Some things are under our control, while others are not under our control. Under our control are conception [the way we define things], intention [the voluntary impulse to act], desire [to get something], aversion [the desire to avoid something], and, in a word, everything that is our own doing; not under our control are our body, our property, reputation, position [or office] in society, and, in a word, everything that is not our own doing. – Epictetus, Handbook 1
What a great opening to The Handbook! No preamble, straight into perhaps the single most useful nugget of Stoic wisdom.
Reason should be our guide. All our actions, from the smallest to the greatest, must follow her lead. As she directs, so we should do.  – Seneca Moral Essays, III 87
Great advice, especially when we think of reason as meaning our ability to stand back and think about what matters most in a situation, all things considered. This might well require training and practice.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Seneca, Letters LXXI
Yes! I like to include this in my morning meditation to help me think about where I want to head that particular day as well as overall in life.
Virtue depends partly on training and partly on practice. You must learn first, and then strengthen what you’ve learned by practice. – Seneca, Letters Vol III
Right again! We won’t become more Stoic or more virtuous unless we commit to it, just as if we were learning a new language or a musical instrument. And how much more important is learning to be an excellent human being than learning these other things?
Read the whole interview here