Peggy Ann Richards New School Lectures-Nature

Date & Time

March 25, 3pm


The New School for Social Research
Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY

Peggy Ann Richards New School Lectures-Nature



Peggy Ann Richards Lecture Series


@ The New School for Social Research

                                                      Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th St., NYC

March 25, 3-5pm      

   "The Aesthetics of Nature"

                                      with Anne McCrary Sullivan


Join us for an interactive workshop and conversation with poet Anne McCrary Sullivan, author of " Notes from a Marine Biologist's Daughter: On the Art and Science of Attention" and many other works.

To attend this free event, please RSVP to

Space is limited! Please respond by March 11.

This event is a rare opportunity for all those who have long admired and used Sullivan's writings in their teaching and work. Please consider inviting your students and friends to attend.


 Anne McCrary Sullivan explores the sensory and emotional aspects of attending and their implications for  teaching, learning, and research. Her poetic and stanzaic prose attempt to awaken in the reader an artistic engagement with various meanings of attention. Her use of this genre challenges traditional approaches to representing knowledge.


Please SAVE THE DATES for upcoming events in this series!

April 22, 3-5pm          

The Audubon Mural Project in Harlem, workshop leader, Barbara Ellmann


April 29th, 3-5pm       

The Audubon Mural Project in Harlem,  Fieldtrip to the murals in Harlem


Peggy Ann Richards passed away on May 11, 2017. A teacher herself, she was truly inspired by teacher, philosopher, scholar and feminist Dr. Maxine Greene. As a result, Peggy became instrumental in expanding professional development opportunities for numerous teachers through Dr, Greene’s Aesthetic Education Philosophy.

The annual Peggy Ann Richards Lecture series has been established at the Maxine Greene Institute by Peggy’s family, friends and colleagues in recognition of her long and dedicated commitment to children and the teachings of her colleague and friend, Dr. Maxine Greene.


Peggy Richards was born May 29, 1935 in Easton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Kathleen (McCann) and Charles W. Richards.  She attended Hood College and graduated from East Stroudsburg State College. An extraordinary gifted and caring teacher and mentor to both children and adults,  Peggy taught in New Rochelle, Croton-Harmon and Larchmont, New York school districts.  An expert in the Open Classroom philosophy, she was affiliated with the Sarah Lawrence College “Art of Teaching” program, Lincoln Center and Teacher’s College Columbia University’s Aesthetic Education Programs led by Dr. Maxine Greene.  She worked as a teacher trainer throughout the Westchester and Long Island school systems, as well as with the Humanistic Education Development Department, Albany, New York. An avid environmentalist, she also completed courses of instruction in Ecology at the National Audubon Society Center and participated in the Society’s Environmental Studies in Connecticut, Maine, and Wisconsin.  These experiences became a major part of her classrooms.

At her retirement Peggy finally became a full-time Roxbury resident, settling into the home that she and her partner Judith built in 1971.  She became active in the Roxbury Democratic Committee, Friends of The Roxbury Library - co-founding the Junior Friends of the Library, the Animal Welfare Society, Save the Children and Kids Take the Stage for the New Milford School District. Peggy ran numerous programs for the Senior Center and until shortly before her death happily served as greeter and waitress for the Center’s “Soups On” lunch program.  She loved music and art, enjoyed golf and swimming and was a #1 Yankee fan!  Peggy lovingly cared for her family and leaves them all with an abundance of happy memories.

Peggy’s numerous family, friends and colleagues will remember her bright smile and kindness and how she was able to “impart wonder.”   Peggy’s feline “boys” Charlie and Jacob already miss her.

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