Category Archives: Biography

Articles that cover differing aspects of historical and contemporary people

Mary Engelbreit and L. Maria Child: Moving Beyond Popular Support to Do the Right Thing by Tisa M. Anders, PhD

WE HONOR MARY ENGELBREIT AND L. MARIA CHILD DURING THIS YEAR’S WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: TWO WHITE ALLIES IN SEPARATE CENTURIES, BOTH FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Popular illustrator Mary Engelbreit’s work began to inspire and give me hope in the 1990s. Her … Continue reading

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Mary Engelbreit and L. Maria Child: Moving Beyond Popular Support to Do the Right Thing: Introduction By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

  Popular illustrator Mary Engelbreit’s work began to inspire and give me hope in the 1990s. Her images along with her words of wisdom brought needed encouragement to my life. In those years, I especially struggled with how best to live … Continue reading

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Announcement: Dr. Tisa M. Anders’ Guest Blog for Scholars on Swedenborg Series

April 5, 2016 marked the debut of my first blog for the Scholars on Swedenborg Series for the Swedenborg Foundation, the publisher for my forthcoming book on L. Maria Child‘s (1802-1880) spiritual journey in nineteenth-century America. I am honored. I … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Mrs. Child: A Mentor for All Ages* By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

  In the 21st century, mentors are needed even more than ever. For instance, within the academic world, tenure-track positions for new PhD’s are less and less available as well as less and less desirable for many. In this context, … Continue reading

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Mentors through the Ages: 19th-Century Folks Feeding 21st-Century Audiences by Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

  In the 21st century, mentors are needed even more than ever. Sometimes we find them within our contemporary context, sometimes within the pages of history. This topic especially springs to mind each January when Martin Luther King, Jr. Day … Continue reading

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The Dogged Perseverance of Civil War Surgeon, Mary E. Walker By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

This month, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I pay tribute to Dr. Mary E. Walker. Additionally, in light of the recently-celebrated Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, I express gratitude to Walker for her efforts to bring more justice into … Continue reading

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Publicizing the Personal: When Letters and Journals Move Beyond Private Audiences (Part 2: L. Maria Child) by Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

My deeply-rooted affinity for letters and diaries/journals naturally attracts me to any type of published work that somehow calls upon them. Diana Gill’s work (Part 1) doubly fascinated me due to the comparative piece when she called upon these primary … Continue reading

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Movement of Spirit beyond Institutional Structures By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

A few weeks ago, my dear friend, Dr. Shari Rochen, sent me an intriguing article.  The Guardian, in their March 27, 2015 edition, published the piece by Giles Fraser, “I’m both excited and frightened by anarchic religious energy.” His words … Continue reading

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Keeping Hope and History Alive!: Two Organizations Dedicated to Honoring Black History By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

In honor of Black History month this year, I present two fascinating organizations. Dr. Quintard Taylor, BlackPast.Org’s Founder and President, contacted me in 2007 about writing an encyclopedia entry on Junius G. Groves, a highly successful entrepreneur, businessman, and farmer … Continue reading

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Sue Monk Kidd: Her Influences on Me Part III: The Invention of Wings, The Grimkes, and Maria Child* by Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

In her most recent book, The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd delves into the formative years of the prominent abolitionists, Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and Angelina Grimke Weld (1805-1879). They became figures of notoriety when they began speaking publicly to … Continue reading

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