Susanne K. Langer came to Connecticut College in 1954, invited by President Rosemary Park, to chair the Philosophy Department. Two years later, Langer reduced her departmental duties to the bare minimum, becoming a self-described “invisible faculty member.” For almost thirty years she devoted herself fully to research and writing. In this exhibition, we explore the circumstances and conditions that enabled her to write her magnum opus, the three-volume Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling (1967; 1972; 1982): the goodwill and trust expressed by the College representatives, long-term financial support from the Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation, and her own resoluteness and deep curiosity. Exhibit is co-curated by Carolyn Bergonzo, poet; Tereza Hadravová, Fulbright-Masaryk scholar; Linda Legassie, research assistant to Susanne K. Langer.
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.