ONLINE PRESENTATION BY EUGENE SCHWARTZ
Between the spring of 1919 and his death day in the spring of 1925, Rudolf Steiner helped to found, advise, and nurture the “Daughter Movements,” practical efforts to apply spiritual principles directly in contemporary society. These endeavors, Waldorf schools among them, established vocations that made possible a unique path of modern Initiation.
Eugene Schwartz believes that the years 2019 to 2025 are not only a time to celebrate 100th anniversaries, but also a period during which the spiritual forces that vitalized the formation of the Daughter Movements in the last century may be renewed — or not. For nearly fifty years, Eugene has been an active participant and observer of the oldest of the Daughters, the Waldorf Movement. In this lecture, he will remind us that these six years — three of which have already passed — also have the potential to be a time of unraveling. A few poor decisions and hasty compromises and the spiritual impulses that guided Rudolf Steiner may be weakened or undone at the same breathless pulse with which they were activated a century ago.
This lecture will explore the significant differences between the mission of Waldorf education in the 20th and 21st centuries, and examine the circumstances and decisions that are inexorably leading to the severance of the North American Waldorf movement from its anthroposophical roots and from the direct inspiration of Rudolf Steiner. If, as Eugene believes, the Waldorf schools are something of a synecdoche for all of the Daughter movements, his insights and concerns should be of interest to anyone wondering whether Anthroposophy will remain viable for the next one hundred years.
Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 1:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) via Zoom
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Eugene Schwartz is a graduate of Columbia University. He has worked with all stages of life, from the young child to the elderly and the dying. He began his teaching career by adapting the Waldorf schools’ curriculum to educate a group of adolescents with disabilities and emotional challenges in the Otto Specht School, which he helped to found. He then became a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School, taking three groups of children up through Grade Eight. Eugene also served as Director of Teacher Training at the Sunbridge Institute and for over a decade lectured frequently at Rudolf Steiner College. Eugene now works worldwide as an educational consultant and lecturer. In addition to his thirty-five years of experience as a class teacher, high school teacher, and educator of Waldorf teachers, Eugene has served as a consultant to Waldorf endeavors throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Ecuador, and Turkey. Over the past decades, he has worked in this capacity with over one hundred twenty-five schools, including public schools in the New York metropolitan region and Waldorf charter schools across the country. Eugene was awarded a prestigious Teaching Fellowship at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Princeton, NJ, in which capacity he worked with public school teachers. Eugene also collaborated with the late Ernest Boyer, the Foundation’s president, to establish new curricular ideas and methods.
He has lectured on innovative ideas in education at the Goetheanum, Harvard, Columbia, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Roehampton University in London, and the Aspen Institute. In 2006, he
gave the first lectures on Waldorf education ever presented in Turkey.
Eugene has also served as an Adjunct Instructor on the faculty of the Waldorf Master’s Program at Touro University in Vallejo, California, focusing on educational issues facing public Waldorf schools in the United States. Eugene has written and directed four films about Waldorf education in association with Hagens Production Studios.
Eugene’s seven books and numerous articles have been published widely in the United States and have been translated into German, Hungarian, Russian, Czech, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese,
and Italian. Over fifty of Eugene’s lectures and collections of student work, as well as many free downloadable resources are available at his website iwaldorf.net. Eugene has also pioneered the development of the Online Conferences for Grades 1-8 that have been attended by thousands of Waldorf practitioners worldwide.
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