Professor Ashton Nichols, Ph.D.

Professor Ashton Nichols
  • Dickinson College
  • University of Virginia
Lifetime learning is directly in line with the legacy bequeathed to us by Emerson and Thoreau; they both kept learning for their entire lives and they passed this tradition on to their followers and subsequent students: 'I am still a learner,' Thoreau said late in life, '. . . feeding somewhat omnivorously, browsing both stalk & leaves.'

Dr. Ashton Nichols is Professor of English Language and Literature and Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was both a DuPont Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Professor Nichols spent three years as an award-winning journalist before returning to the university for his M.A. and Ph.D. in English. The recipient of teaching awards that include both the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, Professor Nichols's books include The Revolutionary I: Wordsworth and the Politics of Self-Presentation, as well as a teaching anthology, Romantic Natural Histories: William Wordsworth, Charles Darwin, and Others. His scholarly publications cover a range of topics that include Chinua Achebe, Derek Walcott, Thomas Pynchon, Seamus Heaney, African exploration narratives, Victorian poetry, and travel writing; he has published his own fiction and poetry. Professor Nichols is also the producer of A Romantic Natural History: 1750-1859, a hypertext project that has been recognized for excellence by both The New York Times and the BBC in London. In recent years he has delivered keynote addresses and lectures in nations around the world, including China, England, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Cameroon, and Morocco.

Testimonials

Professor Nichols did a very good job of pulling all the various ramifications of this movement together and add interesting pieces I hadn't known before.


A political scientist studying who will do in whom for nearly fifty years, I have nonetheless regarded Walden as a place of enjoyment and worship in every season. Professor Nichols' work is truly enlightening and inspiring. Thank you!


-Walter Clemens
Professor Emeritus of Political Science,
Boston University


On an extended trip to the midwest, I listened twice to Professor Ashton's lectures "Emerson, Thoreau and the Transcendentalist Movement." Very well done.


-Timothy D. Mead
Professor Emeritus, Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Just writing to say how much I’ve enjoyed listening to the lectures on Emerson, Thoreau, etc. I was so inspired, I decided to reread Thoreau, and read more of Emerson.


-Jean McGarry
Professor, Johns Hopkins University

6 Courses and Sets

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6 Courses and Sets

  1. Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement Sale

    Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

    Ashton Nichols
    4.2 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (59)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    In this course, Professor Ashton Nichols introduces us to two remarkable figures Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and a diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas, often considered radical at the time of the Civil War, would remake American society.
  2. (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life; Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche  Set

    (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life; Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Understand the figures, philosophies, and revolutionary ideas of two profound schools of Western philosophy: Transcendentalism and Existentialism. The 24 insightful lectures of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement reveals how a remarkable group of American thinkers influenced social transformations including the abolition of slavery, equal rights for women, and educational reform. No Excuses:...
  3. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Classics of American Literature  Set

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Explore the American spirit through the perspective of its unique philosophical movement and its wealth of literary masterpieces in this two-course set. In Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement, award-winning Professor Ashton Nichols introduces you to these two remarkable American thinkers and the diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas would remake...
  4. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.70 Starting at $879.70 $1,714.70 $879.70$1,714.70
    Learn possible answers to some of the most challenging and profound questions about human existence with this exclusive set of philosophy courses. Discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy—in Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western...
  5. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Examine the ideas, minds, and literary works behind two great philosophical movements in this illuminating course set. In Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement, meet the diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas would remake American society. Then, in No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life, survey a philosophical movement whose thoughts on...
  6. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement &  Life and Work of Mark Twain Set

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90