Class: The Transcendentalists


Thursday Class Series

7 PM – 9 PM in Room 9

from Jan 7 – Feb 25

Where did the America we know today—so different in its fundamental views about almost every aspect of life as to be unrecognizable to our countrymen of two centuries ago—really come from?

Join us for this “drop-in” friendly class. Come for all or just your favorites! You can download the 2016 Spring_Class_Emerson PDF of dates and topics or read more below.

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Jan 7

  • Meet Emerson and Thoreau
  • Roots of American Transcendentalism
  • William Ellery Channing and Unitarianism

Jan 14

  • Emerson and the Idea of America
  • Emerson and Transcendentalism
  • Emerson’s Influence

Jan 21

  • Thoreau – An American Original
  • Thoreau – At Walden and Beyond
  • Thoreau’s Politics

Jan 28

  • Theodore Parker – Social Reform in the Pulpit
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
  • Louisa May Alcott

Feb 4

  • Margaret Fuller and Rights for Women
  • Transcendental Women
  • Moncure Conway – Southern Transcendentalist

Feb 11

  • Transcendental Eccentrics
  • Transcendental Utopias – Living Experiments
  • Transcendentalism and Education

Feb 18

  • Thoreau, Abolition, and John Brown
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Emily Dickinson

Feb 25

  • Walt Whitman
  • Transcendentalism’s 19th Century Legacy
  • The Legacy in 20th Century and Beyond

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