Shared Learning is pleased to present two special programs in January–free and open to the Chapel Hill area public. Both are held at our meeting location, Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill.
First up, Friday Jan. 12th, at 9:30 a.m., is a screening of the delightful and heartwarming award-winning comedy, Waking Ned Devine. When word reaches two elderly best friends that someone in their village has won the Irish National Lottery, they plot to discover the identity of the winner. And when it turns out the old man has died, well all that money just can’t go to waste, can it?
The film’s title involves a play on words. We could simply understand the word “waking” as it is commonly used — to refer to arousal from sleep or inactivity. But, this is a witty Irish film, so “waking” could also refer to the age-old Irish funeral rite observed by friends and family of the deceased — an act of closure “with its weight of obligations between the living and the bodies of the dead, and the dead and living”, that Irish author Kevin Toolis tells us, “was a pathway to restore natural order to the world, heal our mortal wound, and communally overcome the death of any one individual.”
Then, two weeks later, January 26th, at 11 a.m., we’re honored to have ERIC M. MEYERS, the Bernice & Morton Lerner Emeritus Professor in Judaic Studies, Trinity College of Duke University, as our Lindgren Lecturer for January, who will talk on HOLY LAND ARCHEOLOGY: WHERE THE PAST MEETS THE PRESENT. Dr. Meyers has been an internationally known archaeologist for more than 35 years beginning with his discovery of the oldest Ark from ancient Israel, followed by decades of leading other archaeological expeditions in Israel and Italy and training generations of younger scholars in the process.
All Shared Learning special programs are free and open to the public.