The work of Harvard Square Library is assisted by an Advisory Board whose primary roles are to assist the Director with curatorial choices concerning new material, and to help coordinate HSL’s activities alongside those of the several UU history organizations.
The Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. During her ministry, she served both in the parish and community, most recently with Rainbow Solutions in Medford, Massachusetts, where she focused on connecting spirituality, money, and justice and consulted with justice-making organizations. From 1988-2002, she founded and directed the UU Women’s Heritage Society. Her books include Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936; Glorious Women: Award-Winning Sermons about Women; and a new curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years.” She is currently writing a memoir on the 1960s.
The Rev. Mark W. Harris is the minister of First Parish in Watertown, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books and historical articles, including Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History (Skinner House, 2011), The A to Z of Unitarian Universalism (Scarecrow Press, 2009), and the forthcoming Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions, with Andrea Greenwood (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011).
Dan McKanan joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in July 2008 as Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity. He studies religious movements for social transformation in the United States from the abolitionist era to the present. His latest book, Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition, is a general history of religion and the Left in the United States.
Jim Nugent is a retired communication specialist and Unitarian Universalist lay person. He has been researching, writing, and editing biographies for the on-line Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography (DUUB) since 2002. He currently lives near Chicago, Illinois with his wife Becky. He also has served on the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society (UUHHS) board and participated in a number of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Illinois.
A Unitarian Universalist from childhood, Jeff Wilson is an associate professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. He is a contributing editor for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and author of several books, including Mourning the Unborn Dead: A Buddhist Ritual Comes to America (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2012). His research articles have appeared in the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, Religion Compass, the Journal of Contemporary Religion, and other publications.