Right: Library speaker Jerry Leitner discusses the gospel of Mary Magdala, a Common Ground program. Due to its size, the group gathered in James Parlor, on the second floor of 77 W. Washington St. for this program. 

Upcoming Events & Programs

Hilma af Klint: Occultism, Art and the Making of Modern Sweden
with Dr. Per Faxneld of Sodertorn University, Stockholm
Hilma af Klint was one of the most significant artists of the last century, and her work is only now receiving the attention it deserves. Her paintings reflect her profound belief in the penetration of divinity through all things. 

Join us as Dr. Per Faxneld illuminates the complexities of her artistic endeavor and her place in the occult and esoteric milieus of early 20th century Sweden.

LOCATION: Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark Street (just north of Foster)

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Seating limited.

WHEN: Wednesday 7 PM July 24, 2024. 

Hilma af Klint
Dr. Per Faxneld of Sodertorn University, Stockholm
Dr. Per Faxneld PhD

Dr. Per Faxneld is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Sodertorn University in Stockholm. He is Docent in History of Religions and Lektor in Study of Religions. He specializes in Western esotericism, new religions and alternative spirituality, with an emphasis on how such currents are formed in tandem with processes of modernization. He is the author of “Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Women in 19C Culture,” (Oxford Press), which received the Donner Institute Prize for Eminent Research on Religion.


Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Sodertorn University in Stockholm, is Docent in History of Religions and Lektor in Study of Religions. He specializes in Western esotericism, new religions and alternative spirituality, with an emphasis on how such currents are formed in tandem with processes of modernization. He is the author of “Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Women in 19C Culture,” (Oxford Press), which received the Donner Institute Prize for Eminent Research on Religion.



Zoom Program July 31 at 7 PM CDT, with Dell Rose:
Heavens on Earth: Garden History and Esotericism
The Renaissance period saw a resurgence in hermetic philosophy and the occult sciences, which influenced the. design of elaborate gardens. These gardens were not just for leisure; they were spiritual landscapes that represent the esoteric quest for knowledge and enlightenment. In the 17th Century, alchemical symbolism and Biblical prophecy were woven together as living symbols of the unity between the spiritual and the natural. 
In the 18th Century, in many ways the high point in symbolic gardening, the garden was taken as the perfect symbol of the divine order of the natural world. In this seminar we will examine three gardens from the Renaissance as well as the 17th and 18th centuries, as symbolic actors embodying important religious and cultural principles.

For Zoom sign-in information, use the "Contact Us' button at left to request it. 

Dell J. Rose is an American Ph.D. student at the University of Amsterdam. Holding a bachelor’s degree with majors in English, History, and Religion and a master’s degree in Folklore, he is also a fellow of the Swedenborg Society in London.  
Zoom Program Wednesday August 14 at 7 PM CDT, with Dell Rose:
The Ornamental Hermit: Can Depth Be Bought?
In this seminar we discover the 18th Century trend where solitude became a spectacle, and gardens were graced with living, breathing decorations. The ornamental hermit's job was to contemplate nature's mysteries, and add some depth to the lives of their aristocratic employers. Join us for a journey through this peculiar chapter of garden history, where eccentricity met elegance.

For Zoom sign-in information, use the "Contact Us" button at left to request it. 

Dell J. Rose is an American Ph.D. student at the University of Amsterdam. Holding a bachelor’s degree with majors in English, History, and Religion and a master’s degree in Folklore, he is also a fellow of the Swedenborg Society in London.
Art Workshop with Victoria Martin
Wednesday, August 7, 5–7 PM
Working with Swedenborg's Color Correspondences
Following a brief overview of theologian Emmanuel Swedenborg's spiritual correspondences of colors, participants will create a palm-sized artwork of their own. Materials provided. $10.00 

Location: Swedenborg Library
77 W. Washington St. Suite 1700
Chicago

Art Workshop with Victoria Martin
Saturday, August 10, Noon–2 PM
Working with Swedenborg's Number Correspondences
Following a brief overview of theologian Emmanuel Swedenborg's spiritual correspondences of numbers, participants will create a palm-sized artwork of their own. Materials provided. $10.00 

Location: Swedenborg Library
77 W. Washington St. Suite 1700
Chicago