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Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lydia Moland, Colby College professor, will present a program on Lydia Maria Child on Tuesday, April 9th at 6 pm at Margaret Chase Smith Library. The program is in person and on Zoom.  To register for the Zoom link, click here.

Dr. Lydia Moland will talk about her new book: Lydia Maria Child – A Radical American Life. A prominent abolitionist, Lydia Maria Child’s philosophical thinking and moral courage made her one of the most important voices among white Americans fighting to end slavery. Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was also a women’s rights activist, Native American rights activist, novelist, and journalist. Despite her activism, she may be most remembered for her poem “Over the River and Through the Wood”.

Dr. Moland’s biography was published by the University of Chicago Press in fall 2022. The book has been reviewed in the New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street JournalThe Nationand other venues. You can find some of Moland’s writing and speaking about Child in the Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, The American Scholar, Aeon, and on National Public Radio, here.

Dr. Moland is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Philosophy at Colby College where she teaches courses on moral philosophy, aesthetics, and the history of modern philosophy.  She has written on nineteenth-century German philosophy, including two books on G.W.F. Hegel and an edited volume on the philosophy of humor in the nineteenth century.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

To attend via Zoom, please register in advance here.


April 9
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Margaret Chase Smith Library