|Welcome to the
Community College Humanities Association workshop,
"Concord Massachusetts: A Center of
Transcendentalism and Social Action." This week-long studies program
examines one of the most stimulating intellectual
periods of the fledgling nation. It featured a
flowering of idealism among a small community of New
England intellectuals, educators, writers, and reformers
who embraced spirituality, social responsibility, and
ethical pluralism that stretched beyond European thought
and dared to speak new truths that many of their
contemporaries found both disturbing and revolutionary.
We study them today for many of the same reasons those
contemporaries came to question them.
The Project CD-ROM and
web site are a work in progress, intended to assist
participants in the development of learning units,
research, and projects that will introduce the next
generation of American Studies scholars to the
foundations of early American thought.
this CD-ROM are documents supporting the organization
and facilitation of the workshop in 2008.
Additionally, links to the left direct users to
readings, graphics, and other media, and Internet docks
where participants are free to post their workshop
projects upon completion after the close of the
week-long study program.
College Humanities Association is grateful to the
National Endowment for the Humanities in helping to make
this program possible. We are grateful also to the
scholars who have shared their learning and insight into
this period of the American mind. We thank
the people of Concord who have shared their hospitality
and access to the important historical and literary
sites of the community and to the National Parks
Service, Walden Pond State Reservation, and the Trustees
of Reservations for their guidance. Most
important, we thank you, the participants, who have
dedicated your time and efforts to the many students who
will come your way and whose lives will be enriched
because of the investment you have made here.
Paul F. Benson, Ph.D,
Geoffrey Grimes, Ph.D, Faculty Support
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