A Cup of Joe

An Online Journey into the Work of Joseph Campbell

Online Video Lectures

Week One
June 4-10
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.,
The Value of Studying Joseph Campbell Today

Week Two
June 11-17
Maren Hansen, M.Div., Ph.D.,
The Psychological Dimension of Myth: Joseph Campbell and C.G. Jung

Week Three
June 18-24
Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D.,
Joseph Campbell and the Arthurian Romances

Week Four
June 25-July 1
Christine Downing, Ph.D.,
A Woman’s Response to Campbell’s Sketch of the Hero’s Journey

This four-week, online public program is an opportunity to journey into the work of Joseph Campbell with Pacifica faculty and a community of online learners. Participants will be guided through a week-by-week syllabus that includes video lectures, photographs, readings, and faculty-facilitated small discussion groups. The readings for A Cup of Joe are The Hero With A Thousand Faces and two essays from Flight of the Wild Gander. Video lectures feature Pacifica faculty Christine Downing, Dennis Patrick Slattery, Evans Lansing Smith, and Maren Hansen. Online discussion groups are facilitated by Dennis Patrick Slattery, Safron Rossi, Jennifer Selig, and Maren Hansen.

No prior study of Joseph Campbell is necessary. Participation time, including lectures, reading, and online discussion, averages four to five hours per week. Weekly course activities are scheduled at the convenience of the participant.

Faculty Lecturers and Discussion Group Leaders

ChristineDowningChristine Downing, Ph.D., is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Mythological Studies Program, and is a founding faculty member of that program and teaches in all other residential programs. A religious studies scholar, her areas of emphasis include Greek Mythology, Women’s Studies, and Psychoanalysis. She has published over a dozen books and articles.

MarenHMaren Hansen, Ph.D., M.Div., is a founding member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and currently serves on its Board of Trustees (ex-officio), and as Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Hansen is a founding member of the Joseph Campbell Library and studied with Joseph Campbell. She is a founding faculty member of the first hybrid learning program at Pacifica. Her research interests include the psychological function of myth, women’s psychology, and ritual.

Saffron RossiSafron Rossi, Ph.D., is Curator of Collections at Opus Archives & Research Center, home of the Joseph Campbell library and manuscript collection, and Associate Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she teaches courses on mythology and depth psychology. Dr. Rossi is the editor of Joseph Campbell’s Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, which is the newest volume in the Campbell Collected Works series based on his archival material, published in November 2013.

Jennifer SeligJennifer Selig, Ph.D., is Core Faculty and Associate Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She did her doctoral work at Pacifica as well, drawn to the school like so many before her when she learned that Joseph Campbell’s library was housed on campus. She has taught for 26 years, and considers herself blessed to have been teaching mythology and depth psychology for the last decade, as they have been two of her life-long passions.

Dennis SlatteryDennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology Programs. Honored as Distinguished Professor in 2007, Dr. Slattery is an author of over 200 articles and book reviews, as well as the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 21 books. His recent books are Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story and Creases in Culture: Essays Towards a Poetics of Depth. He currently teaches a course on Joseph Campbell.

Evan SmithEvans Lansing Smith, Ph.D., is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Chair of the Mythological Studies Program. He is the author of nine books and numerous articles about mythology and comparative literature, with special interests in the Arthurian romances and alchemy. Dr. Smith studied and travelled with Joseph Campbell in the late 1970s, and is currently preparing a new volume on the Grail Romances for the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell.

General Information

Registration and Cancellation
Space is limited. Apply early.
To apply for the program, complete the form and submit along with one paragraph telling us about yourself and a second paragraph telling us about your interest in participating in this program. An enrollment invitation will be sent via email to those who are accepted into the program. Payment for registration fees will be processed at that time. A confirmation email with further instructions regarding participation will be sent after registration is complete.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than 15 days before the beginning of the program. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee.

A limited number of financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please fill out the registration form including payment information, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Continuing Education Credit
12 hours of continuing education credit is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

Technology Requirements for this Course
This program is taught using Pacifica's Online Learning Management System, Desire2Learn (D2L), utilized in some of Pacifica's graduate programs. D2L works best using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox browser, however the following browsers are supported: Internet Explorer 9, 10 and Safari 5.1, 6 and the latest version of Chrome. Participants will need a Broadband Internet connection. The software needed to view the video presentations is Adobe Flash Player. To download the latest version of this application, visit Participants also need to ensure that pop-up blockers are turned off.