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In the wake of the 2017 bicentennial of Thoreau's birth and the publication of Laura Dassow Walls's Henry David Thoreau: A Life, the Thoreau Society panel at MLA 2019 will consider how biography and the biographical shape scholarship on Thoreau, the teaching of Thoreau, and Thoreau's reputation.  

How does biography shape Thoreau studies,...

Thoreau Society Fellowship

Recipient will receive $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in the Greater Boston area, plus free attendance (not required) at the 2018 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord.  Emerging and established scholars, as well as Thoreau enthusiasts, are eligible.  While candidates using the Walter Harding or other TS Collections at the Thoreau Institute Library (Lincoln) are preferred, those focused on other area resources are also encouraged to apply.  Project quality is essential.  (TS Collections are described here:...

Thoreau's Journal, 1856

From the Morgan Library & Museum:

Thoreau’s Journal: A Life of Listening

Listen to Thoreau’s personal reflections on nature, friendship, slavery, and society. 

For a quarter century, American author Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) filled notebook after notebook with his observations and reflections, strong in the belief that a closely examined life would yield infinite...

Christopher Lydon, Open Source Radio

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00, First Parish, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742.

Moderated by WBUR's Christopher Lydon with Deborah Cramer, Jennifer Haigh, John Kaag, and Megan Marshall.

Christopher Lydon covered politics for The New York Times from the Washington bureau in the 1970s. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH TV through the 1980s, and he co-founded and...

CFP MLA 2019

In 2018, the Thoreau Society Bulletin will begin publishing a series of essays on the subject of “Teaching Thoreau.” This new regular feature will focus on strategies for teaching the life and works of Henry David Thoreau while giving educators the opportunity to share their expertise and experiences with an audience of fellow teachers and...


Lessons On Environmentalism and Civil Disobedience

September 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Old South Church

Join us for this inaugural event for the 2017 Lecture series: Boston is Thoreau Country!

200 years after Thoreau's birth a distinguished panel will discuss the relevance of Thoreau's teachings in today's world.

How have his writings and ideas formed environmental policies, civil disobedience, and contemporary writings on our relationship with the natural world? Join the conversation!


Thoreau Society Bicentennial Highlights

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2017

Terry Tempest Williams, Keynote, AG 2017

Terry Tempest Williams, Keynote Address, 2017


Theodore Roosevelt and Skip on hunting trip

Evening Talk by Douglas Brinkley

First Parish Church, Wed, July 12, 7:30pm

At this year's Annual Gathering and Celebration of Thoreau's Bicentennial, Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and the author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of...

Susan Coyne, Thoreau, Radio Open Source

Christopher Lydon, WBUR, 90.9:  "A Wild & Disobedient Life," a multifaceted conversation about the multiple facets of Thoreau

Part One, Part Two,...