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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

Registration is now open!

2023 Annual Gathering Event SCHEDULE (pdf)

2023 Annual Gathering Registration Form

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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Piping plover chick searches for food Credit USFW


Jul 12 - 16 2023

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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