March 24, 2006
Dr. Sean Meehan, assistant professor of English at Morningside College, will present “Life is Our Dictionary: A Passion for Life-Long Learning, From Emerson to Morningside” on Wednesday, April 5, at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The free event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS). The public is invited.
Meehan will discuss Ralph Waldo Emerson’s progressive views on education in the 19th century including the concept of "living learning," a belief that education should not be restricted to “book learning” and schools but should be based in a student's daily living. Meehan will discuss how Emerson’s views might influence today’s conceptions of education and life-long learning and will share ideas from research he conducted at Harvard University during the summer of 2005 while completing the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association Fellowship for the Study of Emerson and his Circle.
Meehan is the author of several published papers and book reviews and is currently at work on a book titled “Emerson’s School,” which is a study of Emerson’s philosophy of education and its relevance for a secondary school curriculum.
Meehan joined the Morningside faculty in 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University, a master’s degree in English and American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a doctorate in English and American literature from the University of Iowa.