Brandywine Workshop and Moonstone Present
Ode To Margaret Fuller (Part 1)
A Talk by Rev. Michael Barnett
Sunday October 20, 2013 – 2pm
Brandywine Workshop, 728 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-3675
Margaret Fuller was considered the most brilliant woman in 1840s America. Only Edgar Allan Poe matched her as an outstanding American literacy critic. Fuller initiated her “Conversations for Women” in Boston for their intellectual stimulation in the late 1830s. She was treated as an equal in the Transcendental Club by her friends Emerson, Thoreau, and A. Bronson Alcott. From 1844 to 1850, Fuller worked as the first woman literary and social critic for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune and became the first woman foreign and war correspondent in Europe. Her international bestseller, “Woman in the Nineteenth Century,” inspired the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and liberated men as well as women.
Rev. Michael Barnett, M. Div., M. Ed., serves as an interfaith minister, educator, and teaching artist/poet. For twelve years, he has spoken and taught on the Transcendentalists Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Unitarian minister Theodore Parker. Michael earned his Master of Divinity Magna Cum Laude at Moravian Theological Seminary and his Master of Education Master Teacher at Gwynedd-Mercy College where he taught religious studies. His poetry and articles have been published in literary and religious journals. Michael has worked as a teaching artist/poet with the Lehigh Valley Arts Council Urban/Suburban Afterschool Arts Program, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, and the Montgomery County PoetryWITS program. For Margaret Fuller’s Bicentennial, he was invited to share his passion for Margaret Fuller at First Parish of Concord, the Concord School of Philosophy at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and at the Unitarian Universalist History Collegium in Waltham, MA.