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Recordings of Lectures given at
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, PA
May 11 & 18, 2019

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Berlin Workers Protest the Versailles Treaty 1919

Lecture 1
Winter, 1919

"The Winter of Our Discontent." The aftermath of the Great War. Death tolls from combat and from the Spanish flu. Machinations of the Paris Peace Conference. The Anglo-American Brotherhoods and the old Empires. The Communist Revolution in Germany. Rudolf Steiner's view of the War and the Peace. The Threefold Social Order. The 70-year "lifespan" of an institution. Steiner's lecture of January 1, 1919.
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Waldorf-Astoria Cigarettes Pack, circa WW I.

Lecture 2
Spring, 1919

The foundations of educational reform in the 20th century. Maria Montessori, John Dewey, and A.S. Neill. Rudolf Steiner's activities on behalf of social change. His encounter with Emil Molt. Molt's path to Anthroposophy. The Waldorf Astoria Cigarette Factory and the story of tobacco. The April decision to undertake the founding of a new school in the midst of economic and social foment and uncertainty.
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The Waldorf School First Grade 1919

Lecture 3
Summer, 1919

Preparations for the new school. Rudolf Steiner as a trainer of teachers. The "Core Curriculum" and the "Waldorf Curriculum." The centrality of relationships in the school. Authority and social life. Monks and Knights. Religion lessons and services. The school doctor and the "helping class." Compromises with state educational authorities. The Weimar Constitution. The opening of the school. 
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The First Goetheanum

Lecture 4
Autumn, 1919

Rudolf Steiner and the school faculty. The passing of the European dynasties and the death of the old clairvoyance. The Mission of the Archangel Michael. The renewal of the Mysteries and the new path of Initiation. The three "schools": The Waldorf School, the School of Spiritual Science, and the School of Michael. "Waldorf Methods" devoid of Anthroposophy. The next hundred years of Waldorf education. 
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