The Lockdown Chronicles 25: Ralph

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Ralph gives another online lecture.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. On July 15, 1838, Emerson was invited to Divinity Hall, Harvard Divinity School, to deliver the school’s graduation address, which came to be known as the “Divinity School Address”. [Wikipedia entry]

Emerson loved nature and outdoor activities but also appreciated solitude indoors: “the solitary knows the essence of the thought, the scholar in society only its fair face.” [Ralph Waldo Emerson House]

Text sources: Harvard Divinity School (11 May 2011), HDS Coronavirus Update, https://hds.harvard.edu/about/hds-coronavirus-update (accessed 12 May 2020); The New York Times, (11-12May 2020) “Fauci to Warn Senate of ‘Needless Suffering and Death’”, NYT.com; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1904) “Nature” and “V. Education”, in The Complete Works., Vol. X. Lectures and Biographical Sketches, Bartleby.com.

Image sources: Panel 1: photograph of the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concorde, ©2018 Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association; panels 2-4: Ralph Waldo Emerson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, engraved and published in 1878 by S.A. Schoff from an original drawing by Sam W. Rowse, Library of Congress, no known restrictions on publication. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.

References

Harvard Divinity School (11 May 2011), HDS Coronavirus Update, available at https://hds.harvard.edu/about/hds-coronavirus-update [accessed 12 May 2020]

The New York Times, (11-12May 2020) “Fauci to Warn Senate of ‘Needless Suffering and Death’”, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/us/coronavirus-updates.htm  [accessed 12 May 2020]

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1904) “V. Education”, in The Complete Works., Vol. X. Lectures and Biographical Sketches, available at https://www.bartleby.com/90/1005.html [accessed 12 May 2020]

Quote from “Nature” (1836) sourced from Ralph Waldo Emerson House, available at https://www.ralphwaldoemersonhouse.org/ [accessed 12 May 2020]

Skallerup Bessette, Lee, Chick, Nancy, and Friberg, Jennifer (1 May 2020) “5 Myths About Remote Teaching in the Covid-19 Crisis”, The Chronicle of Higher Education, available at https://www.chronicle.com/article/5-Myths-About-Remote-Teaching/248688?cid=cp275  [accessed 12 May 2020]

Photograph of the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concorde sourced from Ralph Waldo Emerson House, available at https://www.ralphwaldoemersonhouse.org/ [accessed 12 May 2020]

Ralph Waldo Emerson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, engraved and published in 1878 by S.A. Schoff from an original drawing by Sam W. Rowse, Library of Congress, available at https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005677205/ [accessed 12 May 2020]

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.