Was the center of Transcendentalism in Concord or Boston? Find out during Concord Museum’s free virtual forum on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with John Buehrens, former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and author of Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice. John Buehrens will be in conversation with Phyllis Cole, Professor Emerita, Penn State University about the radical social activism of Boston-based Transcendentalists including Elizabeth Peabody, Margaret Fuller, James Freeman Clarke, and Caroline Healey Dall who, among others fought to lay the groundwork for democratic and progressive religion in America.
John Buehrens is past president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (1993 to 2001) and is Minister Emeritus of First Parish in Needham, where he served from 2002 to 2012. He is one of the leading voices in Unitarian Universalism, having authored several previous books, including A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals. He has served congregations in Tennessee, Texas, New York City (All Souls) and prior to his recent retirement, San Francisco.
Phyllis Cole is the Professor Emerita of English, Women’s Studies and
American Studies at Penn State University. Dr. Cole’s fields of specialization include American Transcendentalism and nineteenth-century American women writers. Her book Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History (Oxford UP, 1998) was named Finalist for the James Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association. Still a productive scholar in retirement, she is a past President of the national Ralph Waldo Emerson Society and the Margaret Fuller Society.
Reverend Buehren’s new book, Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice is available for in-store or curb-side pickup as well as shipping via Media Mail thanks to the Museum’s partnership with the Concord Bookshop. www.concordbookshop.com/
Please note this forum is virtual. Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. www.concordmuseum.org
This event is free. Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.
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