Annual Gathering 2023: Thoreau & the Politics of Extinction
The 82nd Annual Gathering of The Thoreau Society
This year’s Annual Gathering explores the themes of Thoreau, politics, and extinction. We are planning an in-person conference in Concord, Massachusetts.
Submit your proposal by December 1, 2022 via our submission portal.
“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