Forest, Nature, Lanscapes, Travel, Vietnam




10:00am - 11:30am


4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 , 5/27

Added Session 5/27!

Seven Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

In the 16th century, Thomas Moore was the first to use the word “utopia” to describe his dream of a perfect society.  The 18th and 19th centuries were a fertile time for prophets and dreamers, highlighted by experimental communities such as Brook Farm, Amana, and Oneida.  During the 20th century, hippy communes and devotional groups came and went.  Berkshire County has a rich tradition of utopian groups including Shakers, Transcendentalists, and Sufis.  This course explores the fundamental characteristics of utopias, and participants will design their own.  Discussion, optional readings, and online resources will be employed. 

Philip Deely holds an undergraduate degree in history from Hobart College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.  He taught at Simon’s Rock and Phillips Exeter.  He served as the Associate Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum and has been a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising, governance, and strategic planning

Please click here for the Course Blog

You may also download it here:

Prophets and Dreamers Overview.docx

Course Materials for sessions 2 & 3 (4/22 & 4/29)

Prophets and Dreamers outline courses 2 and 3.docx

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