Saturday, April 27, 2019
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
138 West 15th Street, NYC (between 6th and 7th avenues)

Introduction to anthroposophy. This lecture is free to all thanks to a donation to sponsor this event.

Spiritual Activism: The Path of Anthroposophy



Every climatological, political, or social issue that arises today calls upon us to be active in an unprecedented way. A century ago, Rudolf Steiner, like other progressive thinkers of his time, recognized that the fate of the earth was going to be determined by the actions of human beings. But he went further, and taught that women and men also had a responsibility for the further development of the spiritual world. The success of our activism on earth would have to be supported by our spiritual activity to be truly effective. With this in mind, Steiner developed a path of individual development that, while cognizant of the demanding nature of contemporary life, is able to provide the inner strength and resilience we need to bring change to the world. The growth and sustainability of such movements as Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture are testaments to the prescience of Steiner’s vision. In tonight’s lecture, we will describe some of Rudolf Steiner’s contemplative and meditative exercises, and explore the results of his spiritual activism.

(Image: Rembrandt’s “Man in Armor”)

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 Harvard, Columbia, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Roehampton University in London, and the Aspen Institute. Eugene has also served as an Adjunct Instructor on the faculty of the Waldorf Masters Program at Touro University in Vallejo, California, focusing on educational issues facing public Waldorf schools in the United States.

Eugene’s books and 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 Eugene has also pioneered the development of online Waldorf teacher conferences and workshops that have been attended by hundreds of Waldorf practitioners worldwide.

Eugene is the father of four Waldorf alumni and the grandfather of seven.

Eugene has written and directed four films in association with Hagens Production Studios:

Considering Waldorf: Changing Perspectives in Education (2013)
Waldorf Education for All (2011)
Eurythmy: Making Movement Human (2006)
Waldorf Education: A Vision of Wholeness (1995)

Eugene’s books include: 
Dragonsblood: An Environmental Fairy Tale
Millennial Child
Why the Setting Sun Turns Red and Other Stories for Children
Adolescence, the Search for the Self
Seeing, Hearing, Learning: The Interplay of the Eye and Ear in Waldorf Education
Rhythms and Turning Points in the Life of the Child