Annual Gathering

Annual Gathering Schedule, July 10-14, 2019

Annual Gathering 2019

 Engineering Thoreau:  Nature, Technology, and the Connected Life 

Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Address:

Henry Petroski

author of The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance

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Annual Gathering Schedule, July 10-14, 2019

 

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

 

W E D N E S D A Y, JULY 10, 2018

The Thoreau Society, Inc

 

Wed 5-7 pm 

Registration

Masonic

Wed 7-9 pm

Transcendental Theater

Masonic

 

1. Performance: Henry Thoreau's Heroic Journey, Michael Sperber, Director

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
  2. Performance: Thoreau/Twain: Brothers on the River, Tammy Rose, Director  Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

T H U R S D A Y,  JULY 11, 2018

The Thoreau Society, Inc

 

Thurs 6:30 am

Punkatasset Hill Walk with Peter Alden. Meet at Keyes Rd to carpool.

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thurs 8 am  

Registration 

Masonic

Thurs 8:45-10:15 am Presentations Masonic
Main Level 1. Figure in the Mist: The Death of John Thoreau Jr. and the Changing Worlds of A Week, Audrey Raden, PhD, New York Theological Seminary Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
  2. How the Crystal Hills Became Woedolor Mountain, Wende Lark Greenberg, PhD Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
  3. “What’s the Railroad to Me?”: Teaching the Complexity of Thoreau’s Response to Technology, Christina Root Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
Lower Level 1. Cultivating a different kind of garden: Thoreau, Lawn-care, and the Modern Mowing Mania, Michael Stoneham, Humanities Chair, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
  2. As a Forest of Wildlife: Observations on The Working Landscapes of Thoreau’s New England and the Adirondacks, NY, Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, PhD, Environmental Philosophy Program, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
  3. Thoughts from Building a Replica House; or, I and Thoreau's Chimney, Ed Gillin, Professor of English, SUNY-Geneseo Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:
  4. Power politics, inspired persistence, and good luck in Thoreau’s Maine Woods, Jym St. Pierre Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thurs 10:30-noon  

Presentations 

Masonic

Main Level

Maine Woods Panel Rediscovering the Maine Woods: Thoreau’s Legacy in an Unsettled Land.

John J. Kucich discussion with Robert Thorson, Laura Dassow Walls, Dale Potts and Chris Sockalexis

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Lower Level

1. Dark Thoreau Revisited, Geoff Wisner

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019: Geoff Wisner

 

2. “Tell me who you go with”… The Ellery Connection, Theodore David, JD, Professor of Law and Taxation Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019: Tedd David

 

3. The Other 'Hermit" of Thoreau's Walden Pond: The Sojourn of Edmond Stuart Hotham, Terry Barkley, M.A.T., M.L.S., C.M.S. Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

4. A Plummet Line, a Pencil, an Arrowhead, Catherine Staples, Villanova University Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thurs 12-1 pm

 

Lunch: Catered by Saltbox Kitchen, farm to table

http://www.saltboxkitchen.com/                     

Masonic

Thurs 12-1 pm

Special Event: Lasting Legacy Program with Ron Hoag, Michael Schleifer, and Ted David

This session is open to those who would like to learn more about naming the Thoreau Society as a beneficiary in their estate planning.  A complimentary lunch catered by the Colonial Inn will be provided by the Thoreau Society. 

Thoreau Room at the Colonial Inn

http://www.concordscolonialinn.com/

Thurs 1-2 pm

Presentations

  Masonic

 Main Level

1. Sounds like Steam Spirit: the Railroad as Inspiration and Crisis in Thoreau’s Walden, Henrik Otterberg, PhD

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 Lower Level

1. Life on Fire: The Technology of Walden, Diana Lorence

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thurs 1-2 pm

Special Event

Thoreau Room at the Colonial Inn 

 

1. Tea With Thoreau, Sinton Stranger, USC, MSTC, Urasenke Tankokai LAA, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, docent Chinese and Japanese Tea Garden

Thurs 2:15-3:45 pm

Presentations

 Masonic

Main Level

1. Engineering Through Junior High Language Arts with Henry David Thoreau, Donna Marie Pryzbojewski, Junior High Language Arts teacher at St. Benedict Catholic School

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2. After STEM:  Henry David Thoreau’s Contributions toward Consilience, John Barthell, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

3. Thoreau’s Questions, Geoff Wisner

 

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019: Geoff Wisner

Lower Level

1. Thoreau and Humor, Michael Schleifer, Chair

 

 

2. Thoreau in Billerica, MA, Marlies Henderson

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

3. Thoreau: A Teacher of Teachers, Hunter Cambon, English Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

4. Wheeler-Thoreau Shanty Site Discovery, Jeffery Craig

 

Thurs 2:15-3:45 pm

Special Event:  Walden Walk with Robert Thorson

Meet at Keyes Rd to carpool.

 

1. The Making of Walden Pond, Robert Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thurs 4-5:30 pm

Presentations

Masonic

Main Level

 

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

  1. Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods, Lucille Stott
 

Lower Level 

1. Henry David Thoreau in Defense of Uncivil Disobedience, James Mathew, MD

 

 

2. Ignoring ‘Fort Sumter, & Old Abe, & all that’: Lincoln, Thoreau and the Myths of Abolitionism, Susan Gallagher, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, UMass Lowell

 Susan E. Gallagher

 

3. Concord Community and Emerson's Antislavery Movement, Izumi Ogura, Daito Bunka University

 

Thurs 5:30-7:30 pm

Dinner on your own

 

Thurs 7:30-9 pm

Emerson Society Panel

Transcendentalism:  Men and Women Conversing, Part I, co-sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Louisa May Alcott Societies

 Masonic

 

1. The Vexed Nature of Home: Concord in 1845, Sarah Ann Wider

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

2. Margaret Fuller and John Neal Conversing, Fritz Fleischmann, Professor of English, Babson College

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

3. Helen Thoreau’s Brother Henry and Lucretia Mott, Audrey Raden, PhD, New York Theological Seminary

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 

4. Darkened Domesticity: The Sturgis Sisters in Dialogue with Emersonian Poetics, Kathy Lawrence, PhD, Aff. Associate Professor, Department of English, Georgetown University

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

 Thurs 9-10 pm

Emerson Society Social: Honoring Leslie Wilson

 Masonic

 

F R I D A Y,  JULY 12, 2018

The Thoreau Society, Inc

 

Fri 6:30 am

A Walk to Thoreau’s Boiling Spring & Deep Cut, Henrik Otterberg, Corinne Smith, and Bob Young

Meet at Keyes Rd to carpool.

Fri 8 am

Registration

Masonic

Fri 8:45-10:15 am

Presentations

 Masonic

Main Level

1. Henry's Best Science, Robert Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut

 

2. I Should Like to Invent Useful Machinery, J. William T. "Bill" Youngs

 

 

3. Thoreau the Surveyor from the perspective of a modern day surveyor, David Lee Ingram, Professional Land Surveyor

 

 

4. Living with Future Shock from Thoreau to the Present, Pamela Mack, Professor of History, Clemson University

Lower Level

1. Henry D. Thoreau and Basic Income, Brent Ranalli, Research Scholar, Ronin Institute; Editor, Thoreau Society Bulletin

 

2. Thoreau in his extremes: technology as a way of reproducing the “quiet desperation”, Ferenc Szabó, Doctoral student, University of Szeged

 

3. Thoreau and the U.S. Elections: The Mechanics of How to Vote With Your Life, Joanna Greenfield, MFA

 

4. Wallace Kaufman’s Coming Out of the Woods: An Anti-pastoral Response to Thoreau and Technology, Richard J. Schneider

Fri 10:30-12 pm

Presentations

 Masonic

Main Level

Transcendentalism:  Men and Women Conversing, Part II, co-sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Louisa May Alcott Societies

 

 

1. Rewriting the Life of an ‘Ultra-Radical’: Ralph Waldo Emerson on Margaret Fuller in Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli,  Alice de Galzain, University of Edinburgh, Ph.D. Student

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019: Alice de Galzain

 

2. Woman Conversing: Feminine Philosophers at the Concord School of Philosophy, Tiffany K. Wayne, PhD

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019: Tiffany Wayne

 

3. Let It Be Known: Fuller’s Voice in Emerson’s Work on Women’s Rights, Jennifer N Daly, Doctor of Letters candidate, Drew University

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019: Jennifer Daly

 

4. Standing Her Ground: Caroline Healey Dall and the Male Transcendentalists, Helen R. Deese

 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Lower Level

1. Chopped & Reconstructed: How the Early Publishing History of Thoreau’s *Journal* Reveals an Engineered Canonization, William Coughlin  

 

2. The Engineering of Henry David Thoreau’s Reputation in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Moods’, Tracey A. Cummings, PhD, Associate Professor of English, Lock Haven University

 

3. Thoreau’s Cabin and the Art of Carpentry: In his Days and Today, Nikita Pokrovsky, Dr.Sc, Professor and Head, Department of General Sociology, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russia

 

4. Thoreau Fever and Walden Phenomenon in China, Julia Du, PhD

Fri 12-1 pm

Lunch: Catered by Saltbox Kitchen, farm to table

Masonic

 

 

http://www.saltboxkitchen.com/

 

Fri 1-2 pm

Presentations

 Masonic

Main Level

1. The Thoreau Pencil: A New Look at Sources & Composition, Henrik Otterberg, PhD

 

2. Printing Thoreau on Period Presses, Randy Newcomer, Typesetter at Conestoga Press

Lower Level

1. Re-Engineering Thoreau: Seeing Ecclesiastes in Walden, Natasha Shabat

 

Fri 1-2 pm

 

 

Special Event:  Fellowship Reception

https://www.walden.org/

Reception with Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship Awardee
David K. Leff for the Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship
 Jake A. McGinnis for the Graduate Student Fellowship

Thoreau Institute

Fri 2:15-3:45 pm

Presentations

Masonic

Main Level

The Innermost House Foundation Panel

The Transparent Eyeball: The Art of Photography as the Technology of Transcendentalism

 

 

1. Transcendental Douglass, John Stauffer, Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University  

 

2. Transcendentalism Gone West: Ansel Adams and the End of History, Michael Lorence, Innermost House

 

 

3. The Transcendental Moment, Melinda Levin, Professor of Media Arts at the University of North Texas

 

Lower Level

1. “May we not see God?”: Henry David Thoreau’s Doctrine of Spiritual Senses, Lydia Willsky-Ciollo, PhD, Fairfield University

 

 

2. The Engineering of the Senses: Thoreau, Politics, and Literary Form, Alex Moskowitz, Doctoral Candidate, Boston College

 

3. Sympathy with Intelligence: Thoreau's Scientific Practice, William Homestead, MA, Communication Studies; MS, Environmental Studies; MFA Creative Writing, Associate Professor, New England College

 

4. The Divided Thoreau:  Romantic poet, or Seminal Scientist/Forest Ecologist?, David Gordon, PhD, Instructor in Philosophy and Ethics at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

 

Fri 2:15-3:45 pm

 

 

Special Event: Concord Free Public Library Presentation

https://concordlibrary.org/

1. Farewell open house with Leslie Wilson, Curator of the William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library

CFPL

Fri 4-5:30 pm

Presentations

 Masonic

Main Level

Sponsored by SUNY Geneseo, The Thoreau Society, and the Walden Woods Project

 

 

1. Reverse Engineering Thoreau, Paul Schacht, Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo

https://digitalthoreau.org/

Lower Level

1. Thoreau as Mythic Engineer, Keith Badger, MST

 

2. Formal Elements: Thoreau's Textual Technologies, Karah Mitchell, Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill 

 

3. “Yankee in Canada,” Cape Cod, and Thoreau’s Re-engineered America, Jake McGinnis, PhD Student, University of Notre Dame

 

4. Thoreau in Minnesota: An assessment of the naturalist as field ornithologist, Gordon Andersson, PhD, Instructor in Philosophy and Ethics at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

 

Fri 4-5:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Special Event: Perspectives of Henry's Pond in Winter: Surveying Procedures, Drafting Techniques, Tools and Tricks of Thoreau's Trade, Kim Buchheit, at William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library (workshop on Thoreau’s Surveying of Walden Pond)

https://concordlibrary.org/

Masonic

Fri 5:30-7:30 pm

Dinner on your own  

Fri 7:30-8:30 pm

 

 

Special Event: Musical Concert with violinist Helen Sherrah-Davies

Helen Sherrah Davies: After many years as a classical performer and educator in her native Britain, five-string violinist and composer Helen Sherrah-Davies relocated to Boston,graduated from Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing her Masters in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory. StarStuff, her debut recording as a leader, is the fruit of her remarkable transatlantic quest, the fulfillment of a vibrant and seasoned artistic vision. Darol Anger, acclaimed fiddler, has described Helen’s music as “so strong, it approaches the status of anew sentient being.... Even in the most thorny, complex episodes, we are moved to care, laugh and rejoice, washed by waves of melodic love.” Helen’s other stateside performing credits include Christiane Karam’s Middle Eastern fusion band ZiLZALA, the Underground Jazz String Quartet, the drumming group Inanna and many other collaborations at venues and festivals around the Northeast region.
 

First Parish

https://www.helensherrahdavies.com/media/

 

S A T U R D A Y,  JULY 13, 2018

The Thoreau Society, Inc

 

Sat 6:30 am

Great Meadows Walk with Peter Alden

Meet at Keyes Rd to carpool

Sat 7- 8:30 am

Memorial Walk at Walden Pond with Corinne Smith       

Meet at Cabin Replica

Sat 9-10:30 am Annual membership/business meeting of the Thoreau Society.

First Parish

Sat 10:45-Noon

 

Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Address

Henry Petroski,  Author of The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance

"Engineering Before and During the Time of Thoreau"

First Parish

Sat 12-1 pm

 

 

Lunch: Catered by Saltbox Kitchen, farm to table

http://www.saltboxkitchen.com/

First Parish

Sat 1:15-2:15 pm

Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing

Masonic

 

Deborah Cramer will honor Mary Oliver, 2019 Thoreau Prize Winner (http://www.deborahcramer.com)

 

Sat 1:30 pm

Registration 

Masonic

Sat 2:30-3:45 pm

Mary Oliver Panel - Tentative       

Masonic

Sat 4-5:30 pm

Presentations

Masonic

Main Level

Panel Sponsored by ASLE: The Association for the Study of Literature and EnvironmentEngineering for the Planet, Rochelle Johnson, Chair

 

 

1. Engineering the Self in Walden and Walden Two, Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English, Connecticut College

 

2. Thoreau Alone Again, Mark Noble, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

 

 

3. Thoreau's Eco-Erotics, Cristin Ellis, Associate Professor of English, University of Mississippi

 

4. Thoreau’s Philosophy of Description, Dominic Mastroianni, Associate Professor of English, Clemson University

 

5. Respondent: Rochelle Johnson, PhD, Professor of English & Environmental Studies, College of Idaho

Lower Level 

1. Geraniums & Gentians: The Herbariums of Emily Dickinson & Henry David Thoreau, Ann Beebe, PhD, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Tyler

 

 

2. How Art Technology Inspires Life: Thoreau Reacts to Painted Panoramas, Corinne Smith

 

3.“Some Incidents Greatly Exaggerated”: Mabel Loomis Todd’s Pebble Painted by Sophia of the Cabin at Walden (or Not), Mary Jo Downey,  PhD, English and Literature instructor, SUNY Delhi

 

 

4. Thoreau’s smallest scale drawing: maps in the late Journal, Dennis Noson  

Sat 6:00-7:30 pm

 

 

Banquet Dinner and Reception for the Keynote Speaker, Henry Petroski

http://www.concordscolonialinn.com/

Piano by Andrew Celentano

Colonial Inn

Sat 7:30 pm

Book-signing

Masonic

Sat 9 pm

Music Circle

Masonic

 

S U N D A Y,  JULY 14, 2018

The Thoreau Society, Inc

 

Sun 7:30-10am

Special Event: Canoeing with Connection: Insights from Paddlers Past and Present with Deborah Medenbach

Henry and John Thoreau

Meet at Keyes Road to carpool.

Sun 8 am

Registration

Masonic

 

Sunday Morning Workshops and Discussion Groups

Please join us for interactive discussions at the Masonic Temple

 

Sun 9-10 am

Presentations

Masonic

Main Level

Renée Silvus, Transcend and Include, Thoreau as Surveyor and Integralist 

Masonic

Sun 10-12 pm

Special Event: Field Trip:  Inspirational Morning Saunter at Thoreau Farm with Corinne Smith

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thoreau Farm

Sun 10 am

Sunday Sermon First Parish

Transcendentalist Friendships, Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom, Unitarian Universalist minister

Sun 10:15-11:15 am

Presentations Masonic

Main Level

1. Thoreau’s Walking Stick, Fly Wheel of Imagination, Leslie Bartlett, Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums, Rockport on Cape Ann

 

Lower Level

1. Searching for Thoreau: Exploring Technology to Disseminate a Nature-Based Ethos, Beverly Salas, M.Ed., National Writing Project Consultant

 

Sun 11:30-12:15 pm

Presentations

Masonic

Main Level

1. A Gathering of Poets on Henry David Thoreau, David K. Leff

 

Lower Level

1. “‘Without Further Ado . . . 'and ‘On Your Way Out . . .’: Introductions, Prefaces, and Afterwords to Thoreau’s Writings, Joseph Hutcheson, English Instructor, Kennett Consolidated School District

Sun 12:30-2 pm

Thoreau Farm Picnic

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019:

Thoreau Farm

Sun 2:30-5 pm

 

 

Thoreau Society and Orchard House Panel

https://louisamayalcott.org/about

Laura Dassow Walls, Phyllis Cole, Helen Deese

Location

Trinity Episcopal Church

81 Elm St. Concord

Sun 7-9:30 pm

 

Film Screening and Panel Discussion 

https://concordmuseum.org/

Surveyor of the Soul, Huey

with Laura Dassow Walls 

 Concord Museum