Emily Dickinson | Newberry

Emily Dickinson

Poet of Faith and Doubt
Friday, October 9, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Benjamin Goluboff, Lake Forest College
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Emily Dickinson lived and wrote at a turning point in her culture’s religious life. The Calvinist orthodoxy of her grandparents’ generation was dying out, and a host of competing ways of belief were competing for a place in New Englanders hearts and minds: the Roman Catholicism that European immigrants brought with them, the Unitarianism that was the dominant belief at the Harvard Divinity School of her day, and the secular perspectives that were gaining currency in an America disillusioned by the Civil War. Emily Dickinson was probably an agnostic for much of her writing life, and her poetry is an agnostic’s investigation of the various beliefs available to her. In this seminar we will discuss Dickinson on Scripture, pantheism, science and faith, and the knowability of God.

Note: Due to popular demand, an additional session of this seminar has been scheduled.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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