Helen Lynd Subject of Colloquium

Helen Merrell Lynd

Staughton Lynd, labor lawyer, historian and activist, will speak on Tuesday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall about the educational legacy of his mother, Helen Merrell Lynd who helped shape the unique educational philosophy and pedagogy of Sarah Lawrence College, teaching here from 1928 until 1964. Helen Lynd was among the most innovative sociologists of the twentieth century, co-authoring with her husband, Robert Lynd, the pioneering works Middletown and Middletown in Transition.

Staughton Lynd's talk is titled "Helen Lynd, Progressive Education and Free Speech." Among the topics he will address include the influence of Hegel on his mother as presented by her teacher at Wellesley, Mary Case; the way in which his mother tried to avoid premature labeling of a matter under consideration; her use of the terms "shame" and "guilt;" her attitude to war and violence; and whether she was a feminist.

The speaker is the author of numerous works on U.S. labor and intellectual history. His most recent book is The New Rank and File, a work that recounts the personal histories of contemporary labor union activists.