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Thematic Learning Initiative

Transform your life. Transform your community. Arts & Lectures’ Thematic Learning Initiative (TLI) extends the conversation from the stage into the community, enriching lifelong learning and initiating dialogue and empowerment through special events, book giveaways and more.

All Thematic Learning Initiative events are FREE.

2023-2024 Theme: Cultivating Connection

The evidence is clear – our need to connect is fundamental to our individual and collective thriving. But the isolation, social tensions and uncertainty of recent years has contributed to a crisis of connection. This season is dedicated to fostering connection through acts of joy, creativity and belonging.

Upcoming TLI Events

Fall 2023 Book Giveaway

The Half Known Life book jacket

The Half-Known Life: In Search of Paradise
by Pico Iyer

For almost 50 years, Pico Iyer has been traveling the world, mixing a global soul’s delight in observing cultures with a pilgrim’s readiness to be transformed. Recounting the often surprising moments that bring people to common ground, Pico Iyer explores how we can live more peacefully in an ever more divided and distracted world. 

FREE copies will be available at the Author Q&A and Book Signing with Pico Iyer on October 25 at Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Books available while supplies last.

With thanks to our visionary partners, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, for their support of the Thematic Learning Initiative