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Annual Gathering 2019: Engineering Thoreau

Engineering Thoreau:  Nature, Technology, and the Connected Life

Today, people don't ordinarily associate Thoreau with engineering, but many of his contemporaries made this connection. In his eulogy of Thoreau, for instance, Ralph Waldo Emerson said that he felt the loss of his friend's "rare powers of action" so keenly that he could not "help counting it a fault in him that he had no ambition. Wanting this, instead of...

Walt Whitman Bicentennial

On the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, join in a celebration of his work at a Whitman Poetry Reading, with commentary by Concord historian Richard Smith. Smith will illustrate the ways in which Concord residents and Transcendentalists, such as Thoreau and Emerson, supported and influenced Whitman.

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA.

 

Learn more about Thoreau and Whitman's mutual admiration, Henry Stephens Salt, ...

Thoreau Society

2019 Thoreau Society Graduate Student Fellowship

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce its inaugural graduate student fellowship. The 2019 Thoreau Graduate Student Fellow will receive $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in greater Boston area, plus free attendance at the 2019 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts. (Attendance at the Annual Gathering is not required and will not be factored into the fellowship committee’s evaluation.)

We welcome applications from scholars whose work will contribute to Thoreau scholarship or whose work...

Mapping Thoreau’s Bioregionalism

Among the many occupations that Henry Thoreau plied throughout his life—school teacher, essayist, lecturer, pencil maker, and occasional helping hand in a myriad of day jobs in Concord—his career as a land surveyor, perhaps, is one of the most curious. As Patrick Chura has pointedly observed, in colonial North America, “the multiple purposes of establishing individual ownership, taxable value and legal jurisdiction were embodied in the person of the land surveyor.”1  While Thoreau “enjoyed surveying, for no other job gave him the same freedom to set his own hours and places of business,”...

Merrimack River

The New England Classical Singers will perform

Merrimack, with text by Henry David Thoreau

NECS celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the premier of a specially commissioned work by local composer Ronald Perera, Merrimack, with text by Henry Thoreau. Also experience the expressive vocal and instrumental soundscapes in Perera’s Why I Wake Early, based on the works of recently deceased local poet Mary Oliver. Both pieces performed with chorus accompanied by string quartet and piano...

Thoreau portrait

On February 27, 2019, Laura Dassow Walls, the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 6th annual Silas Peirce lecture, "Henry David Thoreau’s Legacy of Resistance and Hope," at Boston University. To register and get directions, visit Boston University's announcement page. (Registration is appreciated but not required.)

It might seem that Henry David Thoreau, who celebrated his 200th birthday in 2017, could have little to say to us today—yet nothing could...

John Brown

Posted on Wicked Local: Concord

 The Concord Museum will host “Slavery’s Determined Foe: The Legacy of John Brown” with two scholars, Dr. Amanda Gilvin and Laura McDonald, at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Rasmussen Education Center., 200 Lexington Road, Concord.

Concord is home to the flashpoint of a revolution, discussions of protest, peace and war and the people who defined American ideals. Inspired by this past, the Concord Perspectives series uses history as a lens to analyze...

Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul

Documentary film by Huey

December 6, 2018, 10 PM, Broadcast Maine Public Television

January 3, 2019, 10PM, Broadcast Maine Public Television

January 5, 2019, 11AM, Broadcast Maine Public Television

January 26, Workshop Presentation of Surveyor of the Soul, Annual Summit, Appalachian Mountain Club, Four Points Sheraton Hotel,...

Concord, Mass. surveyed by Henry D. Thoreau

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The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2019

Engineering Thoreau:  Nature, Technology, and the Connected Life

The Thoreau Society is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops at the 2019 Annual Gathering. Please use...

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