Thomas M. Johnson Symposium
November 7, 2019
November 8, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Join us as we learn about and celebrate the life and thought of Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919), of Osceola, MO, mayor, prosecuting attorney, and school superintendent. An ardent Platonist, TMJ was actively involved in both philosophical and esoteric circles, producing translations, publishing journals, and collecting rare books. He corresponded with dozens of intellectuals and prominent figures worldwide and amassed a library of nearly 10,000 volumes—hundreds of which printed in the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1915, he was hailed by Gov. Painter as “Missouri’s greatest living man.”
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Johnson's passing, as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Johnson Library and Museum non-profit corporation. To celebrate this occasion, we are organizing a day of scholarly presentations at Missouri State University, inviting all the major TMJ experts, followed by a visit to the Johnson Library and Museum the following day - all in the spirit of the symposia TMJ and his circle organized for Plato's supposed birthday (November 7) in 1888-90.
For more information, see the flyer, here!
Or contact Dr. Vadim Putzu, VPutzu@missouristate.edu