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New England Seminar

The New England Seminar meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm. The Group reads fiction and non-fiction written about Boston and New England. Past selections include Santayana's The Last Puritan, Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club, Dorothy West's The Living Is Easy, William Dean Howells', The Rise of Silas Lapham, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Collected Short Stories.
Interested members should contact the group’s moderator, Peg Wheeler, to be placed on the email list:
Note that during the Covid-19 outbreak our meetings are held through a virtual platform.

2020–2021 Schedule

  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 14 (N.B. this is the second Monday): Eve LaPlante, American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans
  • Oct. 5: Carolyn Chute, The Beans of Egypt
  • Nov. 2: Amor Towles, Rules of Civility
  • Dec. 7: Stephen Puleo, Voyage of Mercy
  • Jan. 4: T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets (optional reading J. C. Woods, The Voices of Silence: Meditations on T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets)
  • Feb. 1: Tracey Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer
  • Mar. 1: Jeanna Ellsworth and Kent Garrett, The Last Negroes at Harvard
  • Apr. 5: Dorothy West, The Wedding
  • May 3: Nicholas Weber, Patron Saints: Five Rebels who Opened America to New Art
  • Jun. 7: Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance