Monthly on the first Wednesday, from May - September
May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1
7:30-9 pm London time, via Zoom
Join practicing medium Tiffany Hopkins as she guides us through Spiritualism's greatest stories, most controversial heroes and deepest questions. The class’ book list criss-crosses the entire 170+ year history of the movement and includes everything from scholarly works to channeled spirit communication. Each month, we'll focus on a key category. You can choose to read the feature book (in bold) or one of the other options listed to expand the conversation (or if you've already read our pick!).
May 5: SPIRITUALIST HISTORY
We'll start at the very beginning! The Unobscured Podcast gives us a great overview of the beginning and early development of the movement up until it began to decline in the end of the 19th century.
Aaron Mahnke & iHeartRadio, 2019-current
Arther Conan Doyle, 1926
Emma Britton, 1870
June 2: SPIRITUALISM & CULTURE
Ann Broude's Radical Spirits has been the most recommended and talked about book on Spiritualism’s cultural impact. It focuses on the interplay between the emerging religion and the fight for women's rights.
Ann Broude, 2001
Handbook of Spiritualism and Channeling
Plato’s Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance
Cathy Gutierrez, 2009
Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America
Molly McGarry, 2012
Erik R. Seeman, 2019
A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans
Emily Clark, 2018
July 7: CHANNELED WORKS
We can't get too intellectual in a Spiritualist circle - even if our focus is reading. This month we'll go through some of the old channeled works and read what the spirits themselves had to say.
Andrew Jackson Davis, 1847
The Book of Spirits
Alan Kardec, 1857
August 4: BIOGRAPHIES
While much of Spiritualist history has written Victoria Woodhull out of the official pages, she has a fascinating rags-to-riches story with the kind of wild twists one might expect these days and are positively jaw-dropping for her time.
Barbara Goldsmith, 1998
Notorious Victoria: The Uncensored Life of Victory Woodhull
Mary Gabriel, 1998
Sojourner Truth’s America
Margaret Washington, 2011
The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox
Nancy Rubin Stuart, 2005
The President’s Medium: John Conklin, Abraham Lincoln, and the Emancipation Proclamation
John B. Buescher, 2019
A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician
September 1: MODERN SPIRITUALISM
So where are we at now? We'll take a look at how Spiritualism has evolved into the current day.
Mira Ptacin, 2019
Christine Wicker, 2004