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Wendell Refior as Ralph Waldo EmersonWENDELL REFIOR is an independent Emerson scholar who performs sermons and orations in period costume. For more than a decade, he has studied and taught the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. His courses have received rave reviews for his insights and passion for the inspiring idealism in Emerson’s great essays and addresses. Appearing in period costume, Mr. Refior has thrilled a wide array of audiences delivering Emerson’s most famous orations and sermons, including Self-Reliance, American Scholar (Intellectual Independence) and Fugitive Slave Law (Ethical Rights).

Mr. Refior began performing in solo appearances and historical reenactments across southern New England following Emerson’s 2003 Bicentennial. He has performed a one-man show for Seniors Clubs, Northeastern University Workshops and Ladies Associations as well as delivered sermons for Unitarian Universalist Churches, bringing Ralph Waldo Emerson “back to life.” Wendell was selected as a panelist for the July 2001 Emerson Society meeting. He is a Life Member of the Emerson Society and served on its Board, from 2007 to 2009. He resides with his wife in Bedford, MA, a town neighboring Concord.