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. 

 


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Kay Jamison and Robert Lowell

Kay Jamison and Robert Lowell

“ROBERT LOWELL: SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE” 

March 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the birth of Robert Lowell, one of the masters of 20th century American poetry. Since his death in 1977 at the age of sixty, Lowell has remained a major presence in our literature, and on March 1st a distinguished assemblage of writers will gather on the campus of New York University to honor his life and work. Among them will be Kay Redfield Jamison, author of an important new biography, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire; Katie Peterson, editor of Lowell's New Selected Poems, also just being published; National Book Critics Circle-winning poet and longtime associate of Lowell, Frank Bidart; poet and The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon; and the poet Ishion Hutchinson. 

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, and is sponsored by the Biography Seminar at NYU; the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Lowell's publisher; Alfred A. Knopf, publishers of Kay Redfield Jamison; and the Poetry Society of America.

A book signing of Jamison’s and Peterson’s new books will follow.

Please RSVP here by February 23; space is limited.


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"  

Please be part of an extraordinary evening brought to you by the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University. The distinguished biographer Megan Marshall will 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 will consider the question: What does biography do for both writer and reader? Come and hear Megan Marshall discuss "why (and how) I write women's lives."

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, at 6 p.m., 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012. 

Please RSVP here by March 23rd; space is limited.