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About The Will Durant Timeline Project

The Will Durant Timeline Project is a historical research project to document the career of philosopher and historian Will Durant. The project is primarily concerned with the lecture career of Durant, which spanned four decades, and with examining the themes that emerge from the data. The goal of the site is to educate the public about the life, career, and ideas of Will Durant.

Included on this site is a timeline of known Durant lectures and public appearances, from his early career to his last years. Also included are historical documents, such as photographs, newspaper articles, and correspondence. 

The site's primary author and researcher is James Bishop, executive director of The Passionate Mind Institute. Bishop is the co-producer and editor of the documentary A Visit with Will and Ariel Durant, the editor of the annotated edition of Durant's Philosophy and the Social Problem, and a consultant to the Will Durant Foundation.

The Will Durant Timeline Project is provided through the support of The Passionate Mind Institute, a non-profit 501c3 charitable institution dedicated to research, support, and advocacy for gifted and talented individuals pursuing their passions. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support the work of this project, you can do so here.

The Will Durant Timeline Project is an independent research project not affiliated with the Will Durant Foundation or the estate of Will Durant.