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"The Great Tide of Humanity"

Thursday, 10/15/2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Activism from another time: Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program event examines early reform in America

Set against a backdrop of social unrest and protest around the nation, the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program is hosting a timely virtual presentation on early activism and societal reform, “The Great Tide of Humanity: Race & Gender Reform in 19th Century Concord, Massachusetts,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. Registration is $5; visit to learn more.

Steeped in the transcendentalist movement of Henry David Thoreau and his contemporaries, the event will feature a panel of five Massachusetts historians and activists. In the long shadow of the American Revolution, and armed with the ideas of social reform, groups like the transcendentalists, the Concord female anti-slavery society, and early civil rights activists such as Ellen Garrison addressed the reform issues of the day — slavery, the aftermath of slavery and women’s rights. The movement represented a revolution of thought — fought with a pen — and continues to capture the hearts and minds of social reformers today.

For more information on this event, contact Charlotte Gilbride, coordinator for the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program, at 541-383-7257 or This event is sponsored by Marjorie Meret, M.Ed., The Write Connection at The Thoreau Farm, the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and the Associated Students of COCC.

Henry David Thoreau by Robert Shetterly