Thursday, December 29, 2016

  Spring 2017

I am teaching ENGL 469: Slavery and the Literary Imagination


AMST 100: Introduction to American Studies

NEH funds the Summer Institute on "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller," held in Concord, Massachusetts (sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and directed by Sandra Harbert Petrulionis)!

For information, including how to apply, for this exciting Summer Institute for college teachers and instructors at four- and two-year colleges, held June 18 through July 1, 2017, visit

Summer Talks and Travels

Honored to take part with Maria Madison and David Wood in "Making the Invisible Visible: Restoring Black Lives and History in Concord"--September 17, 2016, on the lawn of the Old Manse

An evening of Mary Moody Emerson and her writings at the Concord Museum, as part of their exhibit on "The People of Concord" (July)
Talking Thoreau and Wyeth with David Michaelis and Allan Wallach as part of "From Thoreau's Seasons to Men of Concord: N. C. Wyeth Inspired," at the Concord Free Public Library (June)

Enjoying a summer visit to the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY
A new walking trail in Concord!
Gotta love these 19th-century "finds" in a used book store near Wells, Maine!
Thank you to MaineStage for Free Shakespeare in the Park in Kennebunk this summer!
Being interviewed in April at Walden Pond for a new documentary film, Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul (see Films by Huey).

    Congratulations to Jennifer Cowfer and Anne Maucieri, Penn State Altoona alumnae and Research Assistants on The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson, for their front-page article in Emerson Society Papers!
With Summer Institute guest speakers (L to R) Phyllis Cole and Megan Marshall
In front of the Thoreau Birth Home on Virginia Road

    In front of the Old Manse in Concord
    Bob and Ann Gross host the group for a backyard cookout at their Concord Main Street home
    The best way to see the North Bridge: from a kayak!

    Group is treated to an extraordinary tour of the Black Freedom Trail by Park Service Guide Dana Smith, beginning at the Robert Gould Shaw Monument in Boston.

    In front of the home of Boston abolitionist and former slave Lewis Hayden

    In the African American Meeting House in Boston

    Concord abolitionist Mary Merrick Brooks at last gets a deserved place of honor on the radical wall in the Concord Museum, right next to John Brown.

    In front of Concord Free Public Library

    All that is left to mark the spot of Henry Thoreau's night in jail

    Exhibits inside the Robbins House in Concord

    We visited Henry Thoreau and his cabin at Walden Pond State Reservation

In front of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
    Congratulations to the Louisa May Alcott Society, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in May with a reception at Orchard House, Alcott's home in Concord, MA. Hosting members and providing a private tour of her home was none other than Louisa May ;)

Society Treasurer (on left) Melissa Pennell and President Sandy Petrulionis celebrate the occasion!

Left to Right: Jan Turnquist, Joel Myerson, Sandy Petrulionis

 Penn State Altoona's Ivyleaf features work of Petrulionis, Baker, and students on digital edition of Mary Moody Emerson:  

"Giving a New [Digital] Life to Women's Literary History"


"Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women's (Net-)Works across Europe and the Americas (1776-1939)"

Held at Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
December 5-7, 2013



Tuesday, October 8, 2013 

Petrulionis becomes Director of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute program

Dr. Sandy Petrulionis has been appointed Director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute program on "Transcendentalism and Social Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller." Held for two weeks in Concord, Massachusetts and sponsored by the Community College Humanities Alliance, the Institute hosts twenty-five college and university teacher participants for an in-depth series of scholarly presentations and field trips to sites of interest to antislavery, women's reform, utopian communities, and Transcendentalism. As Director of the Summer Institute, Petrulionis will oversee the review and selection of applicants and will organize and administer all program events.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mary Moody Emerson awarded second NEH grant!

Editors Noelle A. Baker and Sandra Harbert Petrulionis are pleased to announce that The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition has been awarded a second Scholarly Editions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities ( This award of $290,000 allows us to continue editing and encoding Emerson’s unpublished manuscript journals. Six Almanack folders (c. 1804 through 1810, and 1821) have been published and can be accessed in Women Writers Online at