Ellen Reiss, editor of the international periodical The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, was appointed Chairman of Education of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation by Eli Siegel. She teaches the professional classes for Aesthetic Realism consultants and associates, as well as the course The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry.
A poet and critic herself, prior to becoming Chairman of Education in 1977, Ms. Reiss taught in the English departments of Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York. As editor of The Right Of, her commentaries on world events, literature, history, and the human self have been educating people worldwide. She is considered by many people the foremost educator in the world today.
Here are links to ten issues of this periodical, each with her editorial commentary on a different subject. And there are many more:
We—& Children—Are Philosophic. We are serializing the magnificent 1965 lecture Philosophy Consists of Instincts, by Eli Siegel. And we include here too part of a paper by Aesthetic Realism consultant Nancy Huntting, from a recent seminar titled “How Can Selfishness & Generosity Make Sense in a Woman’s Life?” -- In his lecture Mr. Siegel shows that the big battle going on in people’s lives every day is also the continuous conflict in a field that seems so different: the history of philosophy... >> More
Justice and Punctuation. A book about punctuation has been high on the bestseller lists, in both America and Britain. The book is Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss, and its popularity was a huge surprise, including to its author.... >> More
What Is Loyalty to America? Aesthetic Realism explains that love for country is a matter of ethics and aesthetics .... I am going to comment on a statement which has been felt to stand for American patriotism: the Pledge of Allegiance, recited in the classrooms of the land and at other gatherings of Americans.... >> More
Racism Can End. The big thing people have not known about racial prejudice is that it does not begin with race. It begins with the world itself, and how one sees the world..."
The Sanity of Poetry; or, H.D. Hilda Doolittle, from 1920 on, was intensely troubled and suffered nervous breakdowns. In the 1930s her analyst was Sigmund Freud, and the 1982 biography H.D.: The Life and Work of an American Poet, by Janice Robinson (Houghton Mifflin), is written from the Freudian point of view ... >> More
Nature, Romanticism, & Harry Potter. Eli Siegel is the critic who showed that romanticism did not stop by the second half of the 19th century, as is generally thought — and it has never stopped.... >>
Attention: An Aesthetic Matter. In recent years, difficulty with attention has been talked of mainly as a clinical matter. Many children are said to have "attention deficit disorder"; and they have been given, abundantly, the drug Ritalin as the supposed mighty pharmaceutical bringer of attentiveness. Ritalin is now being questioned.... >> More
Unions and Beauty. Aesthetic Realism is that which shows that a union, a true union, is aesthetic: like a concerto, a novel, a painting, it is a oneness of opposites. And its aesthetics is its power....>> More
The Persistence of Fabric. In 1953 Eli Siegel brought together, under the title "The Persistence of Fabric," eight of his poems, all on the tremendous and deep subject of fabric and emotion, clothing and human feeling. We are honored to publish them here. He wrote six of these poems that year, the other two in 1926. They are beautiful. They have the factual immediacy of cloth one can touch—and also the mystery that can be in the feelings of people: the emotions that whirl within us, or rustle in us, even as we put on a well-fitting garment....>> More
On Robert Burns; Jobs, Discontent, and Beauty. I will comment on two poems of Robert Burns that are a means of asking, How should jobs and work be in this land? "Man Was Made to Mourn" has the famous great and aching statement "Man's inhumanity to man / Makes countless thousands mourn!" ....>> More
Further Biographical Information
Descriptions of Representative Classes Ms. Reiss Has Taught:
• "Architecture Is Ourselves" by architect David Salmon
• "How Should a Child Be Seen?" by elementary school teachers Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips
• “The World As Idioms” by English teacher Leila Rosen