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The 82nd Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society: Thoreau & the Politics of Extinction

with Special Virtual Events on June 14 and September 20, 2023

please register in-person at masonic hall, 58 monument sq, concord, ma
conference rate is $350; day rate is $100; single event rate is $30.
We do not exclude anyone for inability to pay.


Virtual Event Schedule (PDF)

Presenter Bios (PDF)

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AG Registration includes all events (virtual and in-person).
Virtual Registration (Zoom) includes the pre-conference and post-conference webinars (6/14 & 9/20),
the Keynote Address (7/13), and three events on Saturday (7/15) with the Center for Biological Diversity, “Orion Magazine,” and ASLE.

Accessibility for All.

The Thoreau Society has implemented several initiatives to make it even easier to attend our Annual Gathering. Send inquiries to about:
  • Financial support for AG registration
  • Rideshare information (you do not need to rent or own a car to attend the AG)
  • All accommodations requests for attending sessions

Reserve your stay

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord, 320 Baker Avenue Extension, Concord, MA 01742, (978) 341-0003. The block is reserved under “Thoreau Society 2023.” Sunday, June 11, 2023 (the “Cutoff Date”).

Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742, (978) 369-9200. The block is reserved under “Thoreau Society 2023.” Room Block Release Date: June 11, 2023.

Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Speaker

Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer and documentary film director. He writes novels, children’s books, essays, poetry, and nonfiction books. His book On Time and Water was an Icelandic national bestseller, translated into many languages. He has been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. His book Dreamland: A Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation takes on these issues, and his text for the memorial of Ok glacier became widely read around the world. He ran for President of Iceland in 2016 with environmental issues on his agenda. He spent some of his early years in New England and now lives in Reykavik.


“When I consider that the nobler animals have been exterminated here—the cougar—panther—lynx—wolverine wolf—bear moose–deer, the beaver, the turkey &c &c—I cannot but feel as if I lived in a tamed &, as it were, emasculated country—Would not the motions of those larger & wilder animals have been more significant still—Is it not a maimed & imperfect nature that I am conversant with? . . . The whole civilized country is to some extent turned into a city, and I am that citizen, whom I pity.”

–Henry David Thoreau, the Journal, March 23, 1856

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Jul 12 - 16 2023

The Thoreau Society Bulletin is a 20-page newsletter with bibliographic information and writings on the life, works, and legacy of Henry Thoreau.

Each issue features news, upcoming events, and announcements from the Society, along with original short articles on new discoveries in and about the world of Thoreau, his contemporaries and related topics. It also contains a Notes & Queries section and a President’s Column, as well as additions to the Thoreau Bibliography and reviews of new literature relevant to the field. Edited by Brent Ranalli.

The Thoreau Society Bulletin is mailed to each member on a quarterly basis as a benefit of membership.

Membership includes a subscription to the annual journal.


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