A look at the environmentalm, agricultural and social transformation legacy of the Austrian visionary Rudolf Steiner
Professor Daniel McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where he specializes in the American history of religious and spiritual movements for social transformation, with a special emphasis on environmental activism and intentional communities. Before coming to Harvard, he served as the department chair and associate professor of theology at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, where he began teaching in 1998. He has written on the theological understandings of violence and nonviolence among pacifists, radical activists and about Catholic social activism. Dan’s most recent book is “Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposphy and the History and Future of Environmentalism”, which explores how the visionary work of Rudolf Steiner, who died in 1925, and his anthroposophical movement was the theoretical catalyst modern day environmentalism, organic farming methods and holistic elementary school education. He is also the lead editor of the two-volume Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism and is the past president of the Unitarian Universalist Collegium.