This October, Stoic Week will be celebrated internationally for its sixth consecutive year. Across the world, people of all walks of life participate in this annual week-long series of free, online and onsite events. The goals of Stoic Week are encouraging public engagement with classical Stoic philosophy, guiding participants in the practice of applying Stoic ideas and practices to the challenges of modern living, and assessing the impact of practicing Stoicism.
International Stoic Week is scheduled to run from Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22, 2017, following the annual Stoicon Conference on Saturday, October 14. The theme this year for the conference will be Stoicism at Work.
Stoicon is the largest meeting of practicing Stoics, leading experts on Stoicism, and people interested in learning more about Stoic philosophy and practice. In previous years, it has been held in London and New York City, and this year will take place in Toronto. In addition to the Stoicon conference itself, smaller Stoicon-X events are slated to be held on four continents this year.
Modern Stoicism (the organization responsible for Stoicon, Stoic Week, and Stoicism Today) reports participation in Stoic Week grows steadily each year. Record numbers are expected again this time around.
During Stoic Week, participants have the opportunity to “live like a Stoic” by following the Stoic Week Handbook, which contains readings, audio, video, and optional group discussions – along with daily practical exercises that combine elements of ancient Stoicism and modern psychology. The free Stoic Handbook is presented online with offline versions available in a variety of formats. There is also an online course for Stoic Week, designed and maintained by the Modern Stoicism team.
Participants also fill in questionnaires to help them discover how Stoic they are and what impact practicing Stoicism has on their well-being Participants are encouraged to schedule their own Stoic Week events and share that information with Greg Sadler, the editor of Stoicism Today, which publicizes Stoic Week events worldwide.
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Members of the Modern Stoicism organization are available to discuss Stoic philosophy, Stoic Week, and other related topics via interviews, lectures, and other appearances.
For more information, visit:
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Stoic Week 2017 Events
During and around Stoic Week, there are a number of events worldwide affording opportunities for interested participants to learn more about Stoicism and its applications. Check the listing below to see if there are any events near you.
This is a list that is still in process of being fully built out, as more announcements come in about local events. If you are hosting an event, and you do not see yourself on the list, please contact Greg Sadlerto get your event included in the listing.
October 7, 10:30 AM- Brisbane, Australia – This Stoicon-X event will take place at the Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton QLD 4053, Australia. Featuring Donald Robertson and Michael Connell. Organized by Alex Magee. Admission is free for this event. Tickets and full information available here.
October 9, 6:30 PM – Guatemala – The Stoa Quauhtlemallan will be holding its inaugural meeting in the Sophos Fontabella, Salon Veranda. More details forthcoming.
October 9, 11, and 13, 7 AM (each day) – Bogotá, Colombia – There will be three talks in the Trabajando estoicismo/Estoicismo trabajando series at the Universidad de los Andes, room 205, the first providing an Introduction to Stoicism, the second discussing Other People, and the third focused on Self-Knowledge. Organized by Dr. Andrea Lozano Vasquez. Admission is free for this event.
October 12, 5:00 PM – Portland, USA – The Socratic Society of Portland State University will have a panel, “A Stoic Guide to Modern Life” featuring Brad Berman and Tim Nidever
October 15, 9:30 AM – Toronto, Canada- – This Stoicon-X event will take place at Ryerson University, in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, which is located at 245 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario. Organized by Donald Robertson. Features a number of speakers, many of whom will be giving “lightening talks” about Stoicism. Tickets and full information available here.
October 16, 6:00 PM – New York City, USA – The Stoic School of Life will be hosting a discussion at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, “On Moral Luck”. Full details available here.
October 16-20 (each day), 6:00 AM – Slippery Rock, USA – Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania will be hosting its third annual “Live Like a Stoic for a Week” morning activities This event is open to the public. Contact Dr. Andrew M. Winters for more information.
October 17, 7:30 PM – Chicago, USA – The New Acropolis will be hosting a talk by Greg Sadler, “Applying Stoic Philosophy In Your Workplace: 5 Useful Practices.” Full details available here.
October 17, 5:00 and 7:00 PM- Differdange, Luxembourg – Miami University Dolibois European Center is hosting two events on the same evening. Brian Domino will lead a discussion about Stoicism and school work, and Stoicism and Work in general. Full details available here.
October 18, Time TBD – Edinburg, Scotland – The Scotland Stoics will be hosting a meeting, precise details TBD at this time
October 20, 6:00 PM – Milwaukee, USA – The MKE Stoic Fellowship will be hosting a Stoic Week event, precise details TBD at present.
October 21st, 2:00- San Leandro, USA – The Redwood Stoa will be hosting a Stoicon-X event at the Hayward Weekes Branch Library, Hayward, California in the John and Alice Pappas Room. Organized by James Kostecka. Admission is free for this event, and details are available here.
October 21st, 10:00 AM – London, Great Britain – This Stoicon-X event will take place at the Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London. Features talks by a number of speakers, including founding members of Modern Stoicism. Organized by Dr. John Sellars Tickets and full information available here.
October 22, 5:00 PM – New York, USA – The New York City Stoics will be hosting a Stoic Week Wrapup at the Onassis Cultural Center. Full details available here.
There are also five Stoicon-X events, on four continents. You can learn about them here.
A number of organizations, groups or meetups, and academic institutions also observe Stoic Week by affording their members a chance to work through the course together, compare insights and experiences, and support each other through the week.
At present, the following have confirmed that they will be hosting local sessions or meetings during Stoic Week. If your institution, organization, or group would like to be added to the list, please contact us.
- Slippery Rock University
- Portland State University
- New York City Stoics
- MKE Stoic Fellowship
- Scotland Stoics