The Transparent Eyeball Blog Announcement

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces The Transparent Eyeball, a blog devoted to
a collaborative study of Emerson and the innumerable circles of conversation in which he
participated and in which we continue to find him. We welcome short—500-1,000
word—submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, independent scholars,
early career as well as established scholars, artists, activists, and the general public. We
especially encourage submissions that address Emerson’s relevance in our 21 st -century moment;
consider him in conversation with philosophers, poets, environmentalists, artists, and activists,
within and beyond the nineteenth century; and explore him in transnational and interdisciplinary
contexts. Submissions may take any form—meditations, provocations, polemics, analyses,
critical-creative hybrids, personal reflections—but should be original work, jargon-free, and
accessible to the general public. Submissions will be received on a rolling basis and reviewed by
members of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Media Committee. Submissions may be returned
to applicants with suggested revisions. Please submit your Transparent Eyeball contributions to


Undergraduate Student Essay Prize

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites submissions for the first annual Emerson Society
Undergraduate Student Essay Prize. Undergraduate students are welcome to submit 1,000-1,500-
word academic essays on any topic relevant to the study of Ralph Waldo Emerson—his life,
work, national and transnational reception, importance within and beyond U.S. literature and
culture, and/or contemporary relevance. Winning essays will demonstrate originality, clarity, and
rigorous engagement with Emerson. Selected essays may be returned to applicants with
suggested revisions. The winning essay will be published in Emerson Society Papers and the
writer awarded $100.
* Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words and follow the 8th edition of MLA style, using
endnotes rather than footnotes.
* Submissions should include a cover letter containing the applicant’s name, essay title,
academic status and affiliation, e-mail address, and postal address.
* Please submit documents by email—with the subject line “Emerson Society Student
Essay Prize”—to Kristina West ( and Prentiss Clark
( no later than 15 December 2020.

Virtual Emerson Society Panels

In lieu of meeting at ALA in San Diego, the Society will be hosting two virtual panel sessions this Friday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. EST & 10:00 a.m. EST. To register email

Panel Details are:

Emerson and Resistance, 1: Politics, Religion, and Literature (8:30 am EST at Zoom link above)

Chair: Susan L. Dunston, New Mexico Tech

1.”Legacies of Resistance: Emerson, Buddhism, and Richard Wright’s Pragmatist Poetics,” Anita Patterson, Boston University

2.”Emerson’s Translation: An Act of Resistance, “Sarah Khalili Jahromi, Université Paris Sorbonne

3.”‘The Health of the Eye Seems to Demand a Horizon: Emersonian Resistance in Frederick Douglass’s Narrative,” Regina Yoong, Ohio University

4.”Emerson and Reconstruction,” Christopher Hanlon, Arizona State University


Emerson and Resistance, 2: Philosophy and Culture (10:00 am EST at Zoom link above)

Chair: Anita Patterson, Boston University

1.”The Ethics of Resistance: Emerson on Self-Reliance and Toni Morrison on Self-Regard,” Susan L. Dunston New Mexico Tech

2.”Shifting Paradigms: A Cultural Context for Emerson’s Racism and Abolitionism, “Leslie Brownlee, University of California Davis

3.”Why Ralph Waldo Emerson Should be Seen as a Eudaimonist Philosopher of Virtue Ethics,” Christopher Prozenheim, Georgia State University

4.”Whim at Last? Stanley Cavell on Emerson’s Resistance to Pragmatism,” David Heckerl, Saint-Mary’s University