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"The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness…"   Ralph Waldo Emerson

On campus, Professor Ronald Bosco is known for many pursuits. Professor Ronald BoscoHe’s a Distinguished Service Professor who teaches English, American Literature and religious studies courses. He’s the Grand Marshal at commencement ceremonies leading the parade of faculty and graduates. And he’s an extraordinarily active scholar in studies of the work and life of famous Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The Emerson Society, an international scholarly organization, recently awarded Bosco its "Distinguished Achievement Award." The Society presents this award only in the case of exceptional contributions to Emerson studies.

Professor Bosco is one of the country’s leading experts on the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and on American Puritan homiletics and poetics. He was co-editor of the sixteenth and final volume of The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1982); editor of volume 3 of The Complete Sermons (1991); editor of volume 2 of The Topical Notebooks (1993) and Co-editor of The Later Lectures (2 volumes, 2001). He is currently editing the Society and Solitude and Letters and Social Aims volumes in the Harvard University Press edition of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo EmersonA founding member of the Emerson Society in 1989, Professor Bosco has served as a panelist and moderator at events, as the society’s first official program chair and as president and secretary/treasurer. He is currently serving as co-chair of "Emerson in 2003," the Society’s official planning committee for a bicentennial celebration of Emerson’s birth. With all this, Bosco has obviously followed the tenets of Emerson,

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