The Commons What We Hold in Common
An essay film reflecting the attempt to articulate a vision of a world in which the shared interests of humanity take pride of place through the form of the "The New Symposium". Personal and intellectual interaction brings together creative minds from around the world, then provides formal and informal opportunities for them to interact. The specific results can never be anticipated, but have always proved remarkable -- from literary collaborations, to translation projects, to the inspiration for new work, to the sharpening of vision and the broadening of understanding, and the solidifying of productive lifelong friendships. Those familiar with Plato and Socrates will agree there is no more appropriate venue than Greece for renewing the tradition of robust communal dialogue out of which grew one of the world's great intellectual traditions.