Public Program- Philip F. Gura

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Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 7:30pm

R.W. EmersonWhy Transcendentalism Still Matters: Emerson and His Circle in Our Time
By Philip S. Gura

Based upon his forthcoming book, American Transcendentalism: A History (Hill and Wang, November, 2007), Philip F. Gura will explore the relationships between the ideas and personalities of Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps the most famous of the transcendentalists, and the lesser known writers, thinkers and clergymen who were his friends, followers and adversaries. American Transcendentalism is a comprehensive narrative history of America's first group of public intellectuals, the men and women who defined American literature and indelibly marked American reform in the decades before and following the American Civil War.

Philip F. Gura is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in English, American studies, and religious studies. Some of his many publications include Jonathan Edwards: America's Evangelical (2005); The Crossroads of American History and Literature: Essays in Cultural History (1996) and A Glimpse of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620-1660 (1986). He is currently writing a history of AAS for the Society's bicentennial in 2012.

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