Education and Educational Access


Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (DOORS OPEN at 6 p.m.)
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington St, Boston, MA

This event is part of the Old South Meeting House Partners in Public Dialogue program, and is FREE and open to the public.

The panelists and audience will explore today’s colossal educational challenges from the vantage point of Thoreau and his fellow Transcendentalists, including Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Margaret Fuller, and Bronson Alcott, all advocates of non-traditional education. We will also consider the enormous gaps in access to education in today’s society and bring Thoreau’s views on social, individual, and governmental responsibility to bear on possible solutions in that regard.


MMarshallNewMegan Marshall, Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor, Emerson College, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism


buell4webLawrence Buell, Ph.D., Professor of American Literature Emeritus at Harvard University and former Harvard College Dean of Undergraduate Education


cramer4webJeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections, Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute, and editor of numerous books on Thoreau and Emerson


We encourage taking public transportation (State Street stop on Blue/Orange Lines, Government Center stop on Green Line, or Downtown Crossing stop on Red Line), but several parking garages are nearby. Please visit for parking information.

For other questions about the event, email the education department or call 781-259-4721.