Presenter: Dr Mark Manolopoulos
"Christ, Kazantzakis, Communism." Why these three names? It's an odd trinity, isn't it?
On the contrary, as the lecture will compellingly show, there are multiple connections and commonalities. The first and most elaborated theme is the contentious claim that Jesus was a (proto-)Communist.
The lecturer will substantiate this claim by discussing the Jewish carpenter's theology, sayings, and the euphemistically titled "Temple Cleansing." Surely such a striking conclusion should have consequences for Christians. The lecturer will then turn to Kazantzakis and explore his double-edged relationships with Christianity and Communism, affirming his passion for Christ and egalitarianism, and his interrogation of Christendom and twentieth-century Communism. He therefore offers important lessons for us today.
Dr Mark Manolopoulos received his PhD in postmodern philosophy and theology from Monash University, and is Adjunct Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University. His research interests traverse radical philosophy, theology, and ecological thought, with an increasing engagement with revolutionary theory and praxis, particularly in the context of environmental crisis. His publications include If Creation is a Gift (SUNY, 2009), With Gifted Thinkers (Peter Lang, 2009), and several articles in scholarly journals and on websites.
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In October 1916, the Ithacan migrants of Melbourne established the ITHACAN PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY "The Ulysses", with an inaugural membership of some 153 members. This was in response to pleas for aid from their loved ones in Ithaca who were suffering deprivation during the First World War.
Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.