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First Parish Church of Groton and the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee join in presenting: “Margaret Fuller in Groton: Shaping a Life, Framing a Mind,” a panel discussion about this remarkable educator, critic, author, journalist and women’s rights advocate. This event is part of the Bicentennial’s Conversations Series, modeled after the “Conversations” that Margaret Fuller offered for women (and later men) in Boston in the late 1830s and early 1840s. Each conversation focuses on a different aspect of Fuller’s thinking, and takes place in a venue connected with her. Fuller was linked to Groton twice — once when she attended Miss Susan Prescott’s Young Ladies’ Seminary in 1824, and later when her family returned to Groton in 1833 making their home on Farmer’s Row.

The series seeks to encourage people to consider how the issues that concerned this trailblazing woman relate to our lives today. Distinguished panelists include Dr. Marcia Synnott, Professor of History, University of South Carolina; the Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson, co-chair, Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee; and Dr. Fritz Fleischmann, Professor of English, Babson College. The traveling display, “Why Margaret Fuller Matters,” will be available for viewing, and there will be ample time for conversation following the presentations.

This panel discussion is supported in part by grants from Mass Humanities and the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. The program takes place at First Parish Church, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. It is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about Margaret Fuller’s Bicentennial, please visit www.margaretfuller.org.