Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen “The Hero’s Adventure” Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room. The episode will be shown as the first evening in a six-week Film and Discussion Series featuring “Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth,” a 1988 public television series.

In the first episode of the six-part series, journalist Bill Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell about the core of his life’s work, the Hero Cycle. Long before medieval knights charged off to slay dragons, tales of heroic adventures were an integral part of all world cultures. Campbell challenges everyone to see the presence of a heroic journey in his or her life.

Campbell discusses the concept of the hero in cultures throughout the world and the ways in which virtually all hero stories reflect the same underlying structure. He goes on to discuss how this structure is reflected in several ancient cultures, right up through today, using examples as diverse as Native American mythology and the “Star Wars” films.

These stimulating conversations between inspirational teacher Campbell and veteran journalist Moyers are highly acclaimed. In lively, expansive dialogues, the two men discuss how myths hold the key to understanding human experience and how at their deepest level they reveal the path to self-fulfillment, social integration, and ultimately, transcendence. Filmed at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and New York’s American Museum of Natural History, this series fires the imagination and the intellect.

The 60-minute screening will be followed by a discussion led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising, founders of Meetingbrook in Camden. The series is for adult audiences. “The Power of Myth” is presented at the Rockland Public Library by permission of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and Acorn Media.

Campbell was an American author, teacher and mythologist. His thoughts on comparative mythology were first brought to public attention by such works as “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” and “The Masks of God.” His work was thrust into prominence by “The Power of Myth,” which aired just after Campbell’s death in 1987. His work is carried on by the Joseph Campbell Foundation (

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310. This evening is one in a continuing Thursday evening series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to