Walden's Shore - Henry David Thoreau and 19th-century Science

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Visitor Center at Walden Pond

Professor Thorson will explore the themes of his latest book Walden's Shore, the origin of a lake called Walden Pond; the lake’s behavior as part of a larger natural system; and how Henry David Thoreau's understandings of both influenced Walden.  Thoreau’s talk of rock "reality," "former worlds," and the "living earth" are more than metaphors. They reveal that Thoreau saw Earth as a single grand coherent system that cycled endlessly through time. Copies of Thorson's books will be available for signing and inscription. Professor Thorson is known to his students, readers, and colleagues as someone who thrives on teaching, research, and mentoring.  He writes a regular Op-Ed column for the Hartford Courant; coordinates the Stone Wall Initiative (http://stonewall.uconn.edu/), is a speaker and field trip leader, and geo-consultant to projects across the globe. His book , Exploring Stone Walls, led to Stone Wall Secrets and is cited by the Smithsonian Institution as one of its Notable Books for Children.  Professor Thorsons long career at Uconn includes appointments with the Department of Geology and Geophysics,  Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Department of Anthropology (Archaeology). Robert Thorson lives in southern New England, where his hobbies are hiking, reading, writing, cooking, and walking forgotten woods and beaches. Done in partnership with The Thoreau Society and Walden Pond State Reservation (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/walden-pond-...), this presentation is part of Freedom's Way National Heritage Area's "Author Conversation" series.  Visit freedomsway.org to learn about upcoming programs and events.