In January 1826, the passengers of the Philanthropist arrived in New Harmony, Indiana, to participate in a social experiment led by Robert Owen and William Maclure focusing on communal living. Although this experiment dissolved by 1828, the community continued to innovate through art, education, music, printing, scientific investigation and social justice. Specifically, the children of Robert Owen found success in a diversity of endeavors, attracting many well-known artistic, political and scientific influencers of the day.
Dr. William Elliott will explore the lasting legacy of Owen and Maclure’s experiment in this virtual; conversation. Dr. Elliott earned a B.S. degree in geology (1995) from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and an M.S. (1998) and a Ph.D. (2002) in geology from Indiana University. He started his teaching career at Southern Oregon University in 2002 and joined the Geology and Physics Department at the University of Southern Indiana in August 2009 as chair. Since 2009, Dr. Elliott has developed a passion for the history and philosophy of geology, and in particular, the historical significance of New Harmony, Indiana, to scientific investigations conducted in the mid-nineteenth century. In 2014, Dr. Elliott installed a new museum exhibit entitled New Harmony, Indiana: Crossroads of Geology at the Working Men’s Institute as part of the town’s bicentennial celebration. This work is supported from generous funding from Historic New Harmony and the Bingham Award of Historic Southern Indiana. Dr. Elliott also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Historic New Harmony and continues to be engaged with research highlighting the historical significance of New Harmony.
Note that this event begins at 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time (2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). Register by clicking the RSVP link above.
For more information, visit USI.edu/Owen250 or call the Historic New Harmony offices at (812) 682-4488.
This program, part of a series of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of Robert Owen’s birth, received support from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.