8th Annual John Patrick Diggins Memorial Lecture
December 6, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
William P. Kelly Skylight Room (9100)
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., NY, NY
Robert A. Gross on
The Nature of Change: Transcendentalism and Society in New
England’s ‘Age of Revolution.’
Robert A. Gross, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, will discuss the social transformation of Concord, Massachusetts, from 1815 to 1845. Particularly, he will focus on the ways that Emerson and Thoreau made sense of the radical changes in their world and sought to chart alternative ways of living and thinking in a world of industrial capitalism and mass democracy.
John Patrick Diggins (1935-2009) was Distinguished Professor at the PhD Program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center from 1990 until his death. Among his many books are The Lost Soul of American Politics (1984), The Promise of Pragmatism (1994), Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy (1996) and Why Niebuhr Now? (2011).
Sponsored by the PhD Program in History.