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David M. Robinson
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David M. Robinson is Oregon Professor of English and Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the Department of English at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. He is a scholar specializing in Emerson, Thoreau and the New England Transcendentalist movement, and in the early history of American Unitarianism. He was educated at the University of Texas at Austin (BA 1970); Harvard Divinity School (MTS 1972); and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA 1973; PhD 1976). Robinson has held research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, served as a Fulbright Guest Professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and as Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Panel on Theological Education. He has also directed several National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for teachers on the Transcendentalist movement. His publications include Apostle of Culture: Emerson as Preacher and Lecturer (1982); William Ellery Channing: Selected Writings (1985); The Unitarians and the Universalists (1985); Emerson and the Conduct of Life (1993); and World of Relations: The Achievement of Peter Taylor (1998). He is currently engaged in teaching courses in American Literature at Oregon State, and preparing a new book on Henry David Thoreau.

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