Transcendentalist simplicity and gilded age excess


Historic City News readers are invited to attend the 2012 Community Lecture Series at Flagler College on September 25 — focusing on defining moments in American history during the mid-to-late 1800’s — entitled “Reconstruction and Gild: Wealth, Innovation and the Pursuit of Status in Late 19th Century America”.

Flagler College assistant professor Hugh Marlowe will attempt to explain how New York Times editorial writer David Brooks was wrong when he wrote that reverence for simplicity and self-reliance gave way to the ostentatious display and consumption that characterized the Gilded Age.

Marlowe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and currently teaches courses in philosophy and ethics at Flagler. Dr Marlowe believes that not only is Brooks wrong, but the path taken by Americans may have stunted the country’s soul.

Lectures begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College located at 74 King Street in downtown St Augustine.

Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for all four lectures; or, the sessions may be observed, without charge, through a live streaming video cast. Active military personnel may attend at no charge with identification.

Due to limited available seating, reservations may be made by calling (904) 819-6282 and ARE required. The lecture will last approximately one hour. A coffee and pastry reception will follow.

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