Mather Redux: New Perspectives on Cotton Mather
Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Often caricatured or forgotten, Cotton Mather is one of the most misunderstood and fascinating figures in American history. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of his birth, the Congregational Library & Archives will host a symposium exploring new ideas and revisiting familiar themes around this important figure. Best known as a pastor and a preacher, Cotton Mather was an isolated figure who nonetheless helped shape our self images as Americans. Join a group of Mather experts for a day of presentations revealing new perspectives on the man, his work, and his times. The 2nd day includes an optional walking tour of Boston's North End.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Congregational Library: Exhibit of Matheriana and Second Churchiana
9:30 Coffee and Pastries
10:00 Reiner Smolinski (Georgia State University)
"Will the real Cotton Mather stand up, please?"
11:00-12:30 Roundtable: Why Mather Matters
Margaret Bendroth (Moderator, Congregational Library)
Helen Gelinas (Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany)
“Cotton Mather's Rehabilitation of Eve and Her 'Daughters'”
Rick Kennedy (Point Loma Nazarene University)
“Cotton Mather's Declaration of Independence”
Clark Maddux (Appalachian State University)
“'Without Squeaking above, or Grumbling below:' Issues in Singing Psalms at
the Second Church, aka. the real Old North”
12:30 Lunch Break (Lunch is not provided)
1:30 Francis Bremer (Millersville University)
“Between Restoration and Revolution: The Boston of Cotton Mather’s Youth.”
2:15 Robert Brown (James Madison University)
“Of Priests and Periwigs: Cotton Mather and Manly Fashion.”
3:00 Kenneth Minkema (Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale Divinity School) "Reforming Harvard: Cotton Mather’s Efforts to Improve Education at Cambridge”
3:45 Wrap up
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
10:00 Walking tour of the North End: Mather's old haunts on Clark Square, Hanover Street, New North Church, including discussion of the following: “From which ‘Old North Church’ were the Lanterns hung to start Paul Revere’s Ride to Lexington?”
11:30 Copp's Hill Burial Ground: Gather at Mather Family Tomb
"Mather Witticisms": anecdotes, readings from his letters, diaries, poetry
For more information, contact Kate Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-523-0470, ext. 230.
Advanced registration required.
Refund policy: No refunds will be issued after September 30, 2013.
When & Where
The Congregational Library & Archives www.CongregationalLibrary.org
Formed in 1853 with the gift of 56 books from its owners' personal collections, the Congregational Library & Archives now holds 225,000 items documenting the history of one of the nation's oldest and most influential religious traditions.
For more information, contact Kate Parsons at email@example.com or 617-523-0470, ext. 230 or visit www.CongregationalLibrary.org.