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The Global Thoreau Community: A Conversation – Part 2

“The Global Thoreau Community: A Conversation – Part 2” sponsored by The Thoreau Society with interviewer Rebecca Kneale Gould and guest speakers: Henrik Otterberg (Sweden), Brian Bartlett (Canada), Antonio Casado da Rocha (Spain), and Bergur Thorgeirsson (Iceland)

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Rebecca Kneale Gould is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. A scholar of comparative religion, Gould’s research and writing looks back to the nineteenth century when pondering the legacies of Emerson and Thoreau and forward to the twenty-first century when examining the promise and limits of various forms of religiously-based environmental advocacy. Gould is the author of At Home in Nature: Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice in America and the co-creator (with director, Phil Walker) of The Fire Inside: Place, Passion and the Primacy of Nature (

Henrik Otterberg is an economist from Gothenburg, Sweden. He wrote his PhD on Thoreau’s aesthetics, serves on the Thoreau Society board of directors and acts as the bibliographer for the Thoreau Society Bulletin.

Brian Bartlett is a Canadian poet and prose writer who has published 7 collections and 7 chapbooks of poetry, a selection of his prose about poetry, and two books of nature writing, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar and Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal, with another volume, Daystart Songflight: A Morning Journal, currently being revised. Brian taught Creative Writing and various fields of literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for nearly three decades, before retirement two years ago.

Antonio Casado da Rocha is a Thoreau Society member since 1995, when he got in touch with Walter Harding. He has translated into Spanish Thoreau’s “Walking” and “Civil Disobedience”, as well as a selection of his writings on writing. In 2005 he published the first Thoreau biography in Spanish, and in 2017 Una casa en Walden, a collection of essays. He work as Outreach Director at the University of the Basque Country.


Bergur Thorgeirsson is a literary scholar and a medievalist and studied at the University of Iceland and The University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He works as the director of Snorrastofa, a cultural and medieval research center in West Iceland dedicated to the Icelandic medieval writer, poet and chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. He mainly studies the Old-Icelandic fornaldarsögur and Eddic poetry. He is also doing research on the reception of Old-Icelandic literature in the nineteenth century and in the beginning of the twentieth.


Jun 14 2020


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