Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Transcendentalism: America’s First Home-Grown Philosophy


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23 & 30; February 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jannie M. Dresser, M.F.A., English and creative writing, Mills College
Location: Concord Campus

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Course Description

Transcendentalism, an idealistic philosophical and social movement, bloomed in New England in the later 1830’s and quickly challenged older attitudes about nature and religion. It also struggled to define a unique American identity free from European colonial heritages. Romanticism and idealist philosophies helped shape it, and so too did Hindu and Far Eastern scriptures. Transcendentalism inspired literary writings, reform movements, and utopian communities. In the works of writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Alcott we find the roots of American environmentalism, feminism, and the general impulse to political activism. Ms. Dresser offers us an exploration of this fascinating pulse of reform, one that reached every level of American life and reshaped the republic.


Event Details

Date: 2020-01-09

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord


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