Join us for the discussion on Thursday, May 6th, from noon-1pm.
We read articles about science, space, climate, current events, health, and more!
I remember reading Greek and Norse myths in school, but are there newer, more contemporary myths? What counts as a myth (versus legend or fairy tale) and how long have they been part of human life? Does a new age require new myths or do classic myths still have relevant messages for life today?
I found a YouTube channel called Crash Course where they’ve created a series on world mythology (2017-2018). I’ve enjoyed the episodes I’ve watched and I selected two to get things started:
- Theories of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #12 (12 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blFaiB5kj6I
- Freud, Jung, Luke Skywalker, and the Psychology of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #40 (13 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgsWcqATeLQ
And now a few articles:
- The Pitfalls and Promise of America’s Founding Myths by Colin Woodard (Feb 22, 2021): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/determining-americas-national-myth-will-determine-countrys-fate-180977067/
- 10 Myths That Shape How Americans Think and Act by Lawrence R. Samuel, Ph.D. in Psychology Today (Dec 30, 2019): https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychology-yesterday/201912/10-myths-shape-how-americans-think-and-ac
- Modern Myths of Human Power by Usha Alexander: https://3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2020/12/modern-myths-of-human-power.html
- The Heroine’s Journey: Examples, Archetypes, and Infographic by Julia Blair: https://storygrid.com/heroines-journey/
- The Exploration of the Human Psyche: Jung’s Archetypes by Nick Liddell (June 2, 2020): https://www.brandingmag.com/2020/06/02/the-exploration-of-the-human-psyche-jungs-archetypes/
- A written introduction to mythology from the World History Encyclopedia: https://www.ancient.eu/mythology/
- What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1 (13 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeX6CX5LEj0
email JDuffy @ PeterboroughNH.gov for the link to the Zoom meeting.
Why Short Reads? Because you don’t have all day. We pick 3-4 articles which could be read in around 60 minutes. It’s the perfect club for the curious and those short on time.
Short Reads is hosted by Jocelyn Duffy.
Jocelyn has over a decade of experience developing and presenting programs about nature, science, and history for federal, state, and regional organizations. She has degrees in information technology, library science, and natural resource management and enjoys exploring the places where people and the environment come together. Jos works on the help desk and also works as a program coordinator. She runs the Short Reads book group and our popular survival series programming.