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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:...

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,...

“Concord, which is my Rome”: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town

Drawing on the rich holdings of the William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library, this gallery exhibition explores multiple facets of Thoreau’s complex relationship with his native town and life-long home.  June 7-Oct. 30, 2017, Concord Free Public Library Art Gallery, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.

“Walden: Four Views,” gallery talk by Abelardo Morell, June 22, 2017

“Walden: Four Views,” gallery talk by Abelardo Morell, June 22, 2017, Concord Museum. The Concord Museum celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, one of America’s most thought-provoking writers and thinkers, with a deeply personal exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Walden: Four Views, by Abelardo Morell will be on exhibit at the Concord Museum from February 10 through August 20, 2017.

Over 150 years after Henry Thoreau’s publication of Walden, Abelardo Morell offers a new look at the landscape that formed Thoreau. Inspired by Thoreau’s...

Thoreau Bicentennial

"Henry David Thoreau: Son of Concord," a talk by Robert Gross, June 13, 7:00 PM, Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545. For more information, contact Priya Rathnam, prathnam@cwmars.org.

Margaret Fuller

Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 6, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Houghton Library recently acquired Thoreau’s manuscript notes on his exhaustive but fruitless search for the bodies and belongings of war correspondent and feminist Margaret Fuller Ossoli and her family, shipwrecked off Fire Island on July 19, 1850....

Thoreau Bicentennial

Thoreau in Our Time, May 11, 2017, Jones Library, Amherst. Henry David Thoreau’s writings, especially Walden (1854), were a product of his own time and place. But the world is just now catching up with his insights into economy, society, and the human relationship with nature. Join UMass historian David Glassberg on an exploration of Thoreau and his legacy on the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth in 1817.  For more information, visit the Jones Library,...

Thoreau Celebration at First Parish in Concord

Thoreau Celebration, First Parish, Concord, May 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm. In honor of the Thoreau Bicentennial, this celebration at First Parish in Concord begins with a lecture entitled “Walking, Working, Waking: What was Thoreau Seeking?” by historian Jayne Gordon at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the lecture, guests are invited downstairs to the Parish Hall for an informal trivia night on topics related to Henry David Thoreau’s life and work. Hosting the trivia competition will be Richard Smith, Thoreau interpreter. A buffet dinner will follow. Sponsored by the...

Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Arbor Day Lecture by Richard Higgins, author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees, 12:00 noon, April 28, 2017, Smith College Campus Center. In this original book, Richard Higgins explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees: his keen perception of them, the joy they gave him, the poetry he saw in them, his philosophical view of them, and how they fed his soul. His lively essays show that trees were a thread connecting all parts of Thoreau’s being—heart, mind, and spirit. Included are one hundred...

Resistance & Freedom: The Political Legacy of Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau described himself as “a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot,” but he is probably most famous for his refusal to pay his taxes in protest against slavery and the Mexican War. Just as later political figures such as Emma Goldman and Martin Luther King cited Thoreau’s refusal as inspiration for their decisions to defy unjust laws, the ongoing protests against the Trump Administration have echoed his call for resistance to political evil.  In order to gain a better understanding of this political legacy, Susan E. Gallagher explores how Thoreau’s...

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