THE MISSION OF THE CENTER

WHY STUDY TRANSFORMATIVE LIVES?

The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University fosters research, teaching, and education centering on the lives of exemplary individuals whose dedication, genius, and moral vision helped shape the course of human events. The work of the Center is motivated by the conviction that the example of a great and good life, studied in depth and at length, can become a guiding influence on people's lives today as they confront their own choices, decisions, and opportunities. Focusing on well-known and less-well-known figures from the present and the past, students and researchers study inspiring individuals in the context of their times and the circles in which they moved, using them as powerful lenses through which to view history and understand societal change. Through teaching, research, and public programming the Center serves as a place to study and honor moral and creative exemplars from past and present in search of sorely-needed wisdom for today and tomorrow. 

 


RECENT  EVENT:  

Elizabeth Bishop, Megan Marshall, Margaret Fuller, and the Peabody sisters: Mary, Sophia, and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Bishop, Megan Marshall, Margaret Fuller, and the Peabody sisters: Mary, Sophia, and Elizabeth.

"megan marshall on WRITING WOMEN'S LIVES"  

ON MARCH 28, the Center hosted an extraordinary evening which brought the distinguished biographer Megan Marshall to speak on her life-long fascination with exemplary as well as lesser-known historical women, and how she uses story to propel biographical narrative. Using examples from her research and writing on five women over three decades, Marshall considered the question: "what does biography do for both writer and reader?" and "why (and how) do I write women's live?"

The event was held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, at 6 p.m., at 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY.

Please click below for a link to the video of the event.

Megan Marshall Video: "On Writing Women's Lives"