Writing Biographies and Histories

Recording Stories of People and Places

Bahá’í History & Texts
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Nov 18-Jan 5
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November 25, 2021

Writing Biographies and Histories: Recording Stories of People and Places is designed to help Bahá’ís who wish to compose a memoir about their own lives, produce a biography of a Bahá’í mentor, or write the history of their local Bahá’í community. Units in the first half of the course will cover such topics as selecting a topic and settling on an audience; the philosophy and ethics of writing biographies and history; collecting oral history; research in archives and libraries and on the web; organizing notes and outlining the topic.

In the second half of the course, participants will pursue a research and writing project with support and and advice from the faculty. The Wilmette Institute may be interested in publishing some short histories, biographies, and memoirs on its public website.

Meet Your Faculty
Robert Stockman, ThD
Wilmette Institute Director

I have had a passion for researching and teaching about the Bahá’í Faith for more than half of my life. My fascination with American Bahá’í history and with the first American Bahá’í, Thornton Chase, caused me, in 1980, to switch my academic field from planetary science to history of religion... See Faculty Bio

Roger Dahl, MA

I have always loved history but as I was not interested in teaching I became an archivist at the National Bahá’í Archives, United States. But I ended up also doing my own research in American Bahá’í History and have published in World Order and the ABS Journal several articles and book reviews. I found... See Faculty Bio

Jenny Lockwood
WI Adjunct Lecturer, Coordinator, UK Bahá’í Histories project

I was born and brought up in the UK, though I have also lived in Nigeria, Germany and Switzerland. After graduating in German and Linguistics with Arabic, I spent the next twenty-five years raising four sons with my husband Martin, and pursuing a corporate career in IT. I have been... See Faculty Bio

Thelma Batchelor
WI Adjunct Lecturer, Author, Storyteller

I was born and brought up in England. After leaving school and secretarial training, I worked for a professor of Imperial History at King’s College, University of London. My first move was to Montreal for a few months, where I first heard of the Bahá’í Faith. From Canada I travelled... See Faculty Bio

Richard Hollinger
Head, Special Collections, Fogler Library, University of Maine

Richard Hollinger is an archivist and historian residing in Maine who has conducted research on the history of the Bahá’í Faith in North America and the Middle East. His publications include: “An Iranian Enclave in Lebanon: Bahá’í Students in Beirut, 1906-40,” in H.E. Chehabi ed. Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon... See Faculty Bio

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