Presenters

Christopher BamfordChristopher Bamford is the editorial director of SteinerBooks and Lindisfarne Press. He is the author of An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West, and has written numerous introductions to the works of Rudolf Steiner. Most recently, he co-authored Green Hermeticism: Alchemy and Ecology.

 

Brian Cotnoir is an independent researcher. He has been studying and experimenting with alchemical procedures for 35 years. He is author of The Weiser's Concise Guide to Alchemy

John Patrick Deveney is the author of Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian and Sex Magician and, with Joscelyn Godwin and Christian Chanel, The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor. He has published extensively on the early history of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy.

Richard Geldard, Ph.D.Richard Geldard, Ph.D., is the author of nine books, including studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Greek philosophy and culture. These include The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and The Essential Transcendentalists. In 2003, for the bi–centennial of Emerson's birth, he organized two programs at Faneuil Hall in Boston. For more information please click here.

 

Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D.Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., was educated at Cambridge and Cornell Universities and has taught at Colgate University since 1971. He has written, edited and translated numerous books on music, esotericism, and intellectual history including Harmonies of Heaven and Earth and The Theosophical Enlightenment. For more information please click here.

 

Judy GormanJudy Gorman has performed in over ten countries and forty-eight of these United States at clubs, universities, festivals, and peace and justice events here and abroad. She has recently released The Rising of Us All – 18 songs of peace & justice, work & women, struggle and celebration. For more information please click here.

 

Mitch HorowitzMitch Horowitz is the editor-in-chief of Tarcher/Penguin in New York and the author of the forthcoming Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, which has been called "a fascinating book" by Ken Burns and "a sparkling, down-to-earth, and often deeply touching account" by Jacob Needleman. For more information please click here.

 

William HuntWilliam Hunt is the author of two collections of poetry: Of the Map that Changes and Oceans and Corridors of Orpheus. His work has appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, The New Yorker, The Nation, Paris Review, Salamagundi, and elsewhere. He teaches English literature and creative writing, and lives in Western Massachusetts

 

Freida JacquesFreida Jacques whose native name is Whatwehni:neh is a resident of the Onondaga Nation. She is presently employed at the Onondaga Nation School as a Home/School Liaison. She is a bridge between her culture and the many educational institutions in CNY. Previously, she worked for six years with Developmentally Disabled Adults at Transitional Living Service in Syracuse, New York. She had various jobs in Syracuse University while working on a Bachelors degree from the University in Psychology. She has worked with the elderly in several different capacities. She has been a leader in her community for over 30 years. Freida has 3 published essays: Discipline of the Good Mind, Northeast Indian Quarterly, Cornell University Summer 1991, Use the Good Mind, an interview, in Winds of Change, Spring 1997, and Beyond Healing a Gift to the World, in Indian Country Today newspaper, April 5, 2000.

 

Jay KinneyJay Kinney was formerly the publisher and editor in chief of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions. He was the recipient of the 2005 Albert G. Mackey Award for Excellence in Masonic Research, conferred by the Scottish Rite Research Society. His forthcoming book is The Masonic Enigma. For more information please click here.

 

Larry Mamiya, Ph.D., is the Paschall-Davis Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Vassar College. He is the co-author with C. Eric Lincoln of the classic study The Black Church in the African American Experience. A former community organizer in Harlem, he was a minister to young adults in San Francisco during the Haight-Ashbury counterculture.

Barbara NovakBarbara Novak, Altschul Professor of Art History Emerita at Barnard College and Columbia University, is the author of the trilogy American Painting of the Nineteenth Century, Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting from 1825-75, and Voyages of the Self: Pairs, Parallels and Patterns in American Art and Literature. For more information please click here.

 

Bruce Novak, Ph.D., has taught philosophy, humanities, and education at The University of Chicago and Northern Illinois University. He organized the recent conference "Reclaiming the Wisdom Tradition for Education" (www.aepl.org) and is currently working on two books: Personal Studies: Literacy for Love and Wisdom, and The Opening of the American Heart.

Nancy Jewel PoerNancy Jewel Poer is a co-founder of Rudolf teiner College with Carl Stegmann, author of The Other America. She has developed the anthroposophical perspective on the spiritual mission of America for over 30 years. She is also a national consultant on death and dying. For more information please click here.

 

Chanda RuleChanda Rule has sung along side acclaimed musicians Mino Cinelu, John Benitez, India.Arie, Angela Bofill, and has also opened for Amel Larrieux. She has toured Russia, Germany, witzerland, and Italy singing and leading workshops on the African roots of Gospel. Her debut album, "like|water" was released in January 2005. For more information please click here.

 

Louis SahagunLouis Sahagun is the author of Master of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly P. Hall. He is a senior staff writer at the Los Angeles Times where he covers religion, politics, the environment, law enforcement, and race relations. He is also current president of the L.A. chapter of Latino Journalists of California Association. For more information please click here.

 

Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D.Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D., is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, and translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras. He is also the author of numerous books including the national bestseller Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness, and Anger (the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins).

 

Gioia TimpanelliGioia Timpanelli is one of the founders of the current worldwide revival of the art of storytelling and was given the Women's National Book Award for her lifelong work in the oral tradition. She recently completed a novel on New York immigrant life in the early 20th century. For more information please click here.

 

Arthur Versluis, Ph.D.Arthur Versluis, Ph.D., is the author of The Esoteric Foundations of the American Renaissance and many other books including Magic and Mysticism. He is a professor in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University and edited the online journal Esoterica. For more information please click here.

 

Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D.Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., is a feminist pioneer, activist and author of several books including Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists. She is a founder of one of the nation's first women's studies programs and appeared in Ken Burns' documentary 'One Woman, One Vote'. She is executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.

 
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Esoteric Upstate New York:
Iroquois Nations, Feminists, Utopians and 21st Century Esotericists
 
 
 
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