Transcending With The American Transcendentalists by Cary Bayer and Peter Rogan
February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Never in the history of American literature has there been a time when readers were repeatedly invited to experience their inner core—the divine ground of Being—than when the Transcendentalist poets were writing in the 19th century. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, each in their own ways, rebelled against church-centric religion and called for direct connection of the human soul with God. Walking their unconventional talk, they also called for Self-reliance, individual freedom, communion with Nature, and conscientious objection, among other things; the latter inspired Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. a century later.
Cary and Peter will engage in a dialogue with each other and the audience while sharing brief excepts and stories from these poets’ lives and writings.