The first Quakers, in the 1650s, were religious radicals known for such eccentric acts as refusing to doff their hats, "going naked as a sign," and submitting to jail or execution rather than stray from their convictions. Two centuries later, the Quakers who founded Swarthmore College were a more sedate group, known for their quaint dress and manner of speech as much as for their involvement in social movements like abolitionism and women's rights. But what is Quakerism and what do Friends believe? This session will introduce the history of Quakerism, from Swarthmoor Hall in the 1650s to Swarthmore College from the 1860s to the present, and include a discussion about spirituality at the College today and into the future.
Presented by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Friends Historical Library and Shelley Costa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies
2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
|| Brieann Sheldon