The College Literary Society: The Athenian Society of Indiana University During the Nineteenth Century

James D. Gieser


The college literary society was one of the first extracurricular activities of the early American colleges. It was a student-created space where members gathered to explore intellectual concerns, refine oratory skills, and enjoy social companionship. This article investigates these societies in order to broaden our understanding of student life both historically and today. The article focuses specifically on the Athenian Society of Indiana University as an illustrative case.

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