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A New Series at Jim's Global Lecture Hall
(July 11-25, 1:00-2:30 pm; $45)

At times it seems that the “age of truth,” is surely past. In this very timely workshop, we’ll discover whether Shakespeare was right after all and “the truth will out." Click here for more information and to register.

Click here to download "Hot Spots of the Post-Truth Era," for "Why We're Not Really Living in a Post-Truth World."
The Global Lecture Hall is your portal to a growing collection of upcoming and recorded presentations on a wide range of topics. In the early stages of the program's development, most Global Lecture Hall presentations will be offered by Jim Kenney. Over time, our list of presenters will be significantly extended.

Visit the new Global Lecture Hall website to learn about this wonderful new online resource.

Click here to download "Dynamics of the Post-Truth Era," for "Why We're Not Really Living in a Post-Truth World."

Click here to download "The Interreligious Insight Paradigm," by Jim Kenney and Alan Race.

Click here to download "Wheel of Religions" for "Three Modes of Encountering Other Religions."

Click here to download "Troll Sphere" handout for "Facebook, Social Media, and Election 2020" workshop.

Click here to download pdf of 4 slides: "JK WebSite Choices," from "Facebook, Social Media..." workshop.

Click here to download "Conspiracy Theory—Two Cultures" handout for "Facebook, Social Media, and Election 2020" workshop.

NOTE: Jim Kenney's classes are, for the time being, online via
Contact the North Shore Senior Center for more information.

The Often-Hidden History of the CIA
(Click "Read More" for description.)

Click here to download Jim's "Recommended Reading: Four Books" handout for "Often-Hidden History of the CIA"

Click here to download "Three Modes of Regime Change" for 
"Often-Hidden History of the CIA"

Click here to download "Four Patterns in American Foreign Policy" for "Often-Hidden History of the CIA"

Click here to download David Rohde Chart on the "Deep State" for "Often-Hidden History of the CIA"

Class ID: 8978
Instructor : Jim Kenney 
Location : ONLINE from Northfield, North Shore Senior Center
Schedule : Weekly — Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 3 sessions; starting 6/30/2020, ending 7/14/2020 Call the North Shore Senior Center for more information or to register (847-784-6030).
Non-Member: $0.00   Member: $0.00

Jim's next online (ZOOM) classes for National Louis, begins on July 17 (Friday series). 

TO REGISTER: please contact Beth Epstein-Rosenthal at or 224.233.2366 
$75 for the four-week class. 

Fridays (July 17-August 7, 1:00-2:30 pm), with Jim Kenney: 
"The Mysterious History of Secret Societies"

For more information, click "Read More."

Click here to download "The Amazing Twelfth Century" Jim's handout for "Secret Societies"
Dear Friends

It’s a bittersweet time for all of us at Common Ground. Sadly, the time has come to send off our last Bulletin and to convene our closing series of great classes. But there is also a very happy note to be sounded. May 7 will mark the 45th anniversary of the day when Ron Miller and I signed the articles of incorporation for CG. Not many non-profit organizations flourish for so long.

The Common Ground web site will remain active. For now, it will have two sections:

1) The Common Ground Blog, featuring upcoming presentations by Jim and other CG teachers as well as various items of interest to friends of CG. The Blog will also include occasional items of interest to the Common Ground family.

2) The Sea Change Blog, featuring Jim's thoughts on his favorite topic, Cultural Evolution and the rare periods of accelerated progressive value shift that he calls "sea changes."
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Sea Change Blog
Why do so many people believe such unbelievable things? Why do others so easily see through "crazy claims?" There are at least two major value clusters -- Two Cultures -- in our popular and political discourse. They explain a great deal.

Click here for Jim Kenney's handout on "The Two Cultures."
We hear constantly about how deeply polarized our nation has become. I personally believe we're closer to 65%-35% on critical issues than the polarization pundits' imagined 50-50 split. But it's true that there are at least two major value clusters in our popular and political discourse. I think they  explain a great deal.
The renowned Oxford scholar of the history of fascism, Roger Griffin, offers a brilliant short definition of this ugly political dynamic. "Fascism is a political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism."
The most significant of these three identifiers is the first, "palingenetic." Derived from the Greek (palin, "again") and the Latin (genesis, "birth"), the word was ancient term for reincarnation. More recently, it simply means "rebirth." And rebirth is perhaps the core fascist idea. But a new birth demands a new past, that is, a reimagining of a culture's origins. As it seeks a "new birth" or a "reincarnation" of the culture and state, fascism requires a new (and necessarily false) account of who we are, who we were, and how we got to the here and now. Fake history is a necessary ingredient in the making of the fascist state.
Fascism demands a well-woven but deeply flawed account of a culture's origins, history, and vision of itself.

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Founded by Ron Miller and Jim Kenney in 1975, Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue. Our primary concern is the human quest for understanding and the human pursuit of significance. While our endeavor began with the study of world religions and the commitment to inter-faith dialogue, our range of program offerings has been greatly expanded over the past several years.

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