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Northern Lights: The Adirondacks in Mind
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Huntington Lodge on the Huntington Wildlife Forest, Newcomb, NY
In 1899 167-acres in Keene, NY became the site of the Glenmore School of Cultural Science where visiting scholars and radicals gathered in a retreat-like atmosphere deep in the Adirondacks. On the first Tuesday evening of each month we will recreate some of the discussions that defined the Glenmore experience.
The School's founder, philosopher Thomas Davidson, invited some of the most progressive thinkers of his time to participate in what he called an educational experiment in the whole person in intellect, affections and will.
Fireside at Huntington Lodge we will consider why Davidson selected a remote Adirondack mountain landscape to establish a philosophical academy. We'll attend philosopher William James' final Glenmore lecture by reading aloud and discussing sections from his Essays in Radical Empiricism. We'll consider what philosopher Josiah Royce's writings on community owe to campfire conversations during summers at Glenmore and we'll listen for Adirondack echoes in John Dewey's writing from his time spent at the Academy, and at his nearby cabin on Gulf Brook. We'll think about how the work of philosopher and co-founder of the Society for Ethical Culture, Felix Adler draws inspiration from his Adirondack experience and consider how philosopher Stephen F. Weston's ethical writings might have been formed during Adirondack summers in scholarly community at Glenmore. $5 fee will cover snacks!
This series is underwritten by the Walbridge Fund. Advance registration is required; contact Marianne Patinelli-Dubay at email@example.com
Marianne Patinelli-Dubay is an environmental philosopher at SUNY ESF's Northern Forest Institute.