Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering: Celebrating the Life, Works, and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau

Date: 
July 11, 2017 - 3:00pm - July 16, 2017 - 9:00pm
Location: 
Concord, Massachusetts
Thoreau at Walden Pond, N.C. Wyeth

The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering & Bicentennial Celebration of Thoreau’s Life, Works, and Legacy

July 11-16, 2017
Concord, Massachusetts

Register for the Annual Gathering

Need help registering? Call 978-369-5310.

 

Program

 

 

July 11, Tuesday

 

4-7:30 PM

Registration

Masonic

5 PM

Dinner on your own

 

7:30-9 PM

Performance: Singular Characters; Hawthorne and Thoreau

Richard Smith and Rob Velella

Masonic

     
 

Wednesday, July 12

 

6:30 AM

Sunrise Walk with Henry

Richard Smith

Meet at Cabin Replica

 

Sessions at First Parish

First Parish

8:00 AM

Registration and Refreshments

 

9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks, Michael Frederick

 

9:15-10:15 AM

Essentially Revolutionary: Thoreau's Radical Moment—and Ours

Wen Stephenson

 

10:30-11:30 AM

PEN New England presentation of Thoreau Prize for Nature Writing

to Sy Montgomery

 

11:30 AM

PEN New England Book-signing

 

Noon

Catered Lunch: Pre-registration Required

 

1-3 PM

PEN New England round table on Thoreau's literary legacy

moderated by Christopher Lydon with Deborah Cramer, Jennifer Haigh, John Kaag, and Megan Marshall

 
 

Henry’s Birthday Celebration

 

3:10 PM

Bus Service to Thoreau Farm at Thoreau Farm

 

3:30-5:00 PM

Birthday Celebration at Thoreau Farm:

Birthplace of Henry D. Thoreau

Thoreau Farm

5:10 PM

Bus Service from Thoreau Farm to Colonial Inn

 

5:30 PM

Reception

Colonial Inn

6:00 PM

Dinner Banquet

Colonial Inn

 

Evening Address

 

7:30 PM

Evening Talk

Thoreau’s Wild America:  From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump, Douglas Brinkley

First Parish

 

Exhibits

Transcendental Concord, a photography exhibit by Lisa McCarty

Thoreau’s Journal Drawings: A Poster Session with Ernesto Estrella Cozar, Kimberly Dacorogna, Mark Gallagher, Richard Higgins, Natalya Jean, Kathleen Coyne Kelly, and Bob Young

 

9:00 PM

Young Scholars Social

Colonial Inn Tavern

     
 

July 13, Thursday

 
 

Walks

 

6:45-8:15 AM

Walking Thoreau's Home Ground - Great Meadows

with Cherrie Corey

Keyes Road town lot

6:45-8:15 AM

Walk at Walden Pond

with Robert Thorson

Meet at House Replica

8:00 AM

Registration & Refreshments

Masonic

8:45-10:15 AM

Session I

Panel at Main Level

  • Walking the Mythical Path: Thoreau’s Old Marlborough Road, David M. Robinson

  • On the Path of A Yankee in Canada, Jean Cloutier

  • A Week on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers: Thoreau's 1861 Minnesota Journey Revisited, David R. Solheim

Masonic

 

Panel at Lower Level

  • Impact of Thoreau in India, Jay Amaran

  • Readings of Thoreau in Japanese Circle, Yoshiko Ito

  • Configuring and Reconfiguring a Literary Master: The Legacy and Changing Images of Thoreau in Taiwan, Te-hsing Shan

  • Thoreau's Interpretation of Price, Richard A. Michelfelder

 

10:30-Noon

Session II

Panel at Main Level

  • Thoreau's Cabin Re-examined: with new architectural insights provided by the Vose-Thoreau Letters, John Goff

  • Nature's Apostles: Henry David Thoreau, Native Americans, and the "Wild" Theology of Nature, Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

  • Of Shanties and Chanticleers: Some Contextual & Paratextual Notes to Walden’s 1854 Title-Page, Henrik Otterberg
  • Sounding the Seasons: Thoreau’s Journal as a Listening Experience, Ernesto Estrella

Panel at Lower Level

  • Timber Framer Thoreau Cabin Pipeline Barricade, Will Elwell

  • Thoreau & Edward Abbey, Eco-Anarchist, Joseph J. Moldenhauer

  • (Re-)Living Walden: Deliberate Writing from Skarvaredet to Walden North, Sheila Post

  • HDT and Louisa May Alcott, Chrystena Hahn

Masonic

 Noon

Catered Lunch

Masonic

1-2 PM

Session III

Presentation at Main Level

  • Thoreauvian Light: Observations and Lessons Learned Illustrating Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Cape Cod and The Maine Woods, Scot Miller

  • Thoreau’s Birds as Autobiography, Tom Potter

Presentation at Lower Level

  • Mr. Thoreau Goes to Philadelphia, Corinne H. Smith

  • Life in the Woods, Richard Higgins

Masonic

1-2 PM

Thoreau Room Session

  • The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years, Robert Thorson

Colonial Inn

2:15-3:45 PM

Session IV

Panel at Main Level Climate Change Sponsored by Thoreau Farm

 

  • Panel Chair Keith Bergman
  • Thoreau’s phenology records can be used to show the biological impacts of climate change, Richard B. Primack
  • Henry Thoreau and the Fall of a Noble Pine, Brian Donahue
  • "Then are the birds": ecological mismatch between plants, insects, and birds Thoreau's Concord, Amanda Gallinat
  • Thoreau’s scientific legacy and current research on Walden Pond, Curt Stager

Panel at Lower Level

  • Children Connect Language Through Nature and Thoreau, Ann E. Densmore

  • Sauntering the Year with Henry David Thoreau, Donna Marie Przybojewski

  • Will This Be on the Test? Pondering Thoreau’s Paradoxical Views on Education to Reform Our Schools, Colleen A. Ruggieri

  • Surrounded by love: The Influence of Sarah, Elisabeth, Maria, Jane, Cynthia, Helen, and Sophia Thoreau on Henry David, Kathy Fedorko

Masonic

2:15-3:45 PM

Thoreau Room Session 

  • Stranger in a Strange Land: Taking Henry's Arm Across the Ages, Diana Lorence and Richard Smith

  • A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove: On the Trail of a Mystery, Michael Lorence

Colonial Inn

4:00-5:30 PM

Session V

Panel at Main Level

  • Biological Aesthetics: Thoreau, Gender, and Botany, Patrick Thomas Morgan

  • Henry David Thoreau’s Echoes in Mary Oliver’s Ecopoetry, Anastasia Cardone

  • The Coarsest or Noblest of Humanity: A Virtue Ethics Analysis of Thoreau's Ambivalence towards Hunting, Brendan Mahoney

  • My Friend Henry, Tom O'Malley

Panel at Lower Level

  • Animals of Concord v. Henry David Thoreau, Geoff Wisner

  • "When they say farewell then we begin to keep them company": The Transcendental Friendship of Thoreau and Whitman. Audrey Raden

  • A Lineage of the Secret Language in the Writings of Thoreau and Williams, Shinji Iwamasa

  • Henry Thoreau and contemporary philosophy and practices of de-urbanization, Nikita Pokrovsky

Masonic

4-5:30 PM

Thoreau Room Presentation

  • Civil Disobedience, Spiritual Activism and Higher Law, Connie Baxter Marlow 

Colonial Inn

4-5:30 PM

Walk

  • Visiting Thoreau's Viewpoints, Jayne Gordon

Meet at front steps of Masonic

6:00 PM

Dinner on your own

 

7:30 PM

Emerson Society Panel

  • Thoreau’s Influence on Emerson, Roger Thompson
  • Emerson’s Thoreauvian Ear and the Music of the Spheres, Christina Katopodis
  • Where Do We Find Ourselves?’: The Experience of Idealism in Emerson & Thoreau, David Heckerl
  • F. L. Wright as Measure and Mirror of Emerson’s Influence on Thoreau, Ayad Rahmani
  • No Truer American: Thoreau’s Influence on Emerson’s Later Lectures, Mark Gallagher

Masonic

9 PM

Emerson Society Social

Masonic

 

   
 

July 14, Friday

 
 

Walks

 

6:45-8:15 AM

Walking Thoreau’s Home Ground-Gowing’s Swamp (Thoreau’s Bog)

with Cherrie Corey

Keyes Road town lot

6:45-8:15 AM

Walk to Beaver pond in Estabrook Woods

with Peter Alden

Keyes Road town lot

8:00 AM

Registration at Masonic

Masonic

8:45-10:30 AM

Session VI

Panel at Main Level

  • Henry D. Thoreau: the Beginning of Thoreau’s Great Narrative of Self, Albena Bakratcheva

  • Thoreau and the Spontaneous Generation Controversy, Yeojin Kim

  • Chasing Hound, Horse & Dove: A Poetry Reading & Talk, Catherine Staples

  • Before STEM:  Henry David Thoreau and his Unlikely Synthesis of Disciplines, John F. Barthell

Panel at Lower Level

  • Kindred Spirits: Comparing and Contrasting Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, J. Wiliam T. Youngs

  • “A Newer Testament”: Humboldtian Science and Thoreau’s Book of Nature, Lucas Nossaman

  • Thoreau and Gonzo-Transcendentalism, Matt DeNuzzo

  • Thoreau, Race and Environmental Justice: Deepening the Conversation, Rebecca Kneale Gould

Masonic

10:30-Noon

Session VII

Panel at Main Level

  • Dickinson and Thoreau’s Utopian Dialogue, Leslie Eckel

  • The Cloud and the Glacier: Imagery of the Intangible in the Poetry of Thoreau and Moore, Michael Schrimper

  • Thoreau, Bishop, and Fuller: An Unlikely Trio?, Megan Marshall

  • “Italian Nobody” and other works:  a reading of four transcendentally inspired poems, Joyce Peseroff

Panel at Lower Level

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Meet Henry David Thoreau, Lauren Hehmeyer & Phyllis Deal

  • Thoreau's manic-depression, Nassir Ghaemi, MD

  • Henry David Thoreau and Mohandas K. Gandhi, James Mathew, MD

  • Henry David Thoreau, Yogi, Richard H. Davis

Masonic

10:30-Noon

Thoreau with Compass and Chain

with Richard Leu

Masonic Lobby

12:00 PM 

Catered Lunch

Masonic

1-2 PM

Session VIII   

Presentations at Main Level

  • What would Henry think of today's environmental challenges?, Peter Alden

  • Business Lessons from Henry David Thoreau, Ken Lizotte

Presentations at Lower Level

  • The Great Turning - And Why It Matters, Charles Philips

  • The Pond Primeval: Phosporous and Oxygen at Walden Pond, John M. (Jack) Nevison

Masonic

1-2 PM

Thoreau Room Session

  • Deep Travel: How to Journey like Henry David Thoreau (slide illustrated talk), David Leff

Colonial Inn

2:15-3:45 PM

Session IX

Panel at Main Level

  • Thoreau and the “Diversity of Tactics"": Reassessing “Civil Disobedience” in the Era of Occupy and Black Lives Matter, Daniel R. Vollaro

  • Honey, What Are You Saying?, Katrina Byrd

  • Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, Huckleberries & Rhode Island's Dorr Rebellion of 1841-43, Nancy Austin

  • “Civil Disobedience” in the Nuclear Age:  Thoreau and Solnit’s “Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West”, Shoko Itoh

Panel at Lower Level

  • Thoreau and the Liberal Arts, Joseph M. Johnson

  • “Odd Man In:  Thoreau, the Lyceum Movement, and the Lecture Circuit”, Ron Hoag

  • Thoreau and the King: Sufficiency Economy and the Renewal of Spiritual Connections in Thailand during the Reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff

Masonic

2:15-3:45 PM

Thoreau Room Session

  • Writing and Thinking in Present Tense: Creative Writing workshop inspired on Thoreau’s Journal, Ernesto Estrella

Colonial Inn

4-5:30 PM

Session X

Panel at Main Level

  • Thoreau and the Boston Society of Natural History in "Natural History of Massachusetts", Fumiko Takeno

  • The Happiness Generators- Henry's Legacy for Finding Joy, Ted David

  • How We Spend Our Lives: Thoreau and Social Advocacy, Charmion Gustke

  • Measuring Thoreau: Reconsidering the Naturalist’s Hope for an Ideal Culture, Michael Stoneham

Panel at Lower Level

  • Thoreau's Walden Map:  Literal Depiction or Literary Device?, Dennis Noson

  • Language of Paradox in Thoreau and Emerson, Izumi Ogura

  • The Concept of "Natural History" in Thoreau's Late Work, Evan Edwards

  • The Circular Images in “Ethan Brand” and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Yoko Kurahashi, MD

Masonic

4-5 PM

Thoreau Room Session

  • From the Sudbury to the Susquehanna to the Smithsonian: Amateur Natural History and the Rise of Science, Rochelle Johnson

Colonial Inn

5:30 PM

Dinner on your own

 

7 PM 

 Formal exhibition opening and reception for the presenter

       Thoreau Family Music

       Refreshments

       Our True Paradise: Thoreau’s Concord and the Ecstasy of the Commons,

       Laura Dassow Walls

Concord Free Public Library

   

 

 

July 15, Saturday

 

 

Walks

 

6:45 AM

Walk from Fairhaven Bay to Walden & back

with Peter Alden

Keyes Road town lot

7-8:30 AM

Memorial Walk at Walden Pond

with Corinne Smith

Meet at House Replica 

8:00 AM

Refreshments at First Parish

Parish Hall

9:00 AM

Business Meeting

Sanctuary

10:45 AM

Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Speaker:  Terry Tempest Williams

Sanctuary

12:00 PM

Registration Opens at Masonic

Masonic

12:00 PM

Catered Lunch

Parish Hall

1-2 PM

Session XI

Panel at Main Level

  • Thoreau: Stepfather of the National Parks, Jym St. Pierre & Michael Kellett

Panel at Lower Level

  • Book Release Celebrating Thoreau at 200:  Essays and Reassessments, moderated by Kristen Case with panelists Rochelle Johnson, Lawrence Buell, and James Finley.

Masonic

2:15-3:45 PM

Session XII

Panel: Nineteenth-Century Prose Thoreau Bicentennial Essays at Main Level 

  • Panel Chair, Richard Schneider,

  • "Wild Apples” and Thoreau’s Commitment to Wildness in the Last Decade of His Life, Albena Bakratcheva

  • The Samarae of Thought: Thoreau's Gathered Timescapes, Laura Dassow Walls

  • Living Poems in Thoreau's Prose, Elizabeth Lerud

Panel at Lower Level

  • "Let Me Suggest a Few Comparisons": Getting Thoreauvian Aphorisms Back Into Their Paragraphs, Brian Bartlett

  • No Streams to Go A-Fishing In: Natural Time in a Digiphrenic Culture, Tom Montgomery Fate

  • Thoreau’s Lifelong Indian Play and His Concept of Character Formation, Brent Ranalli

  • “We Linger in Manhood to Tell the Dreams of Our Childhood”: Playful Thoreau, Maura D'Amore

Masonic

4-5 PM

 Session XIII

Roundtable at Main Level

  • Putting Thoreau in Context, moderated by James Finley
  • Stan Tag

  • Ron Hoag

  • Laura Dassow Walls

  • Kristen Case

  • Richard Schneider

Panel at Lower Level

  • Walden Pond People, Natasha Shabat

Masonic

5:15 PM

Bus to Thoreau Institute

Meet on steps of Masonic

5:30-6 PM

Reception for Terry Tempest Williams

Thoreau Institute

6-7:30 PM

Thoreau Institute Dinner Banquet

Thoreau Institute

7:30 PM

Bus to Masonic

 

7:30 PM

Book-signing

Music Circle with Jeff Hinich, Bring an instrument or a song to sing

 

   

 

 

Sunday, July 16

 

 

Walks and Canoe Trip

 

7 AM

Walk around Ball's Hill with Peter Alden

Keyes Road town lot

7-10 AM

Canoeing on the Concord River

with Deborah Medenbach

Keyes Road town lot

8:00 AM

Registration Opens at Masonic

Masonic

10-Noon 

Inspirational Morning Saunter at Thoreau Birthplace 

with Corinne Smith

Thoreau Farm

9:30-10:45 PM

Session XIV

Panel at Main Level

  • Possible Sites of a House? Thoreau's Philosophical Senses, Eric Joseph Ritter

  • Thoreau's Agrarianism, Daniel D. Clausen

  • The Thoreau we do not yet know?, Stuart Weeks

Panel at Lower Level

  • Civil Disobedience, Spiritual Activism and Higher Law, Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey

Masonic

10 AM

Sunday Service at First Parish Church

First Parish

11-12:30 PM

Session XV

Panel at Main Level

  • Thoreau as Shaman: Mediator Between the Human and Non-Human Worlds, Jonathan Butler

  • Cosmic Henry, John A. Bullard

  • Walden as a Landscape of Genius, Scott Hess

Panel at Lower Level

  • “A Smack of Wildness”: Affective Enchantment in Thoreau’s First Taste of the Maine Woods, Jake McGinnis

  • The Tide of Fashionable Travel: Thoreau and Early Travelers to Katahdin, Stan Tag

  • A Runner's Thoughts on "Walking", Roger W. Hutt

  • "Eastward I go only by force; but (Kayne West)ward I go free: Henry Thoreau and his Rhetoric of Transcendentalism in Hip-Hop", Brandon Hernsberger

Masonic

11-12:30 PM

Walden: Four Views and The Anatomy of a Desk: Writing with Thoreau and Emerson at Concord Museum with David Wood

Concord Museum

12:30 PM

Lunch on your own

 

1:00-2 PM

Picnic at Thoreau Farm

Bring your own lunch

 

Thoreau Farm

2:30-5 PM

Thoreau Society and the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House Present:

Parlor Politics:  A Conversation on Concord Women of Conscience with Sandra Petrulionis, Laura Dassow Walls, and Megan Marshall.

Trinity Episcopal Church

7-9 PM

Film Showing

  • Surveyer of the Soul, Huey
  • Your host, Ron Hoag

Masonic

 

Register for the Annual Gathering

 

 

Need help registering? Call 978-369-5310.

Colonial Inn

 

Join us for our July 12, 2017 Birthday Banquet at the Colonial Inn.

 "Concord is said to have the largest houses for farm animals hereabouts, and the town isn’t behind the times in the size of its public buildings. But there are very few halls for free worship or free speech in this county," HDT. 

Terry Tempest Wiliams

The Annual Gathering and Bicentennial Celebration of Thoreau's birth (1817-2017) will feature a mixture of diverse voices and opinions on the life, works, and legacy of Henry D. Thoreau.

Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Speaker: Terry Tempest Williams 

Presenter Highlights

  • Douglas Brinkley, CNN Presidential Historian, Author of Rightful Heritage (2016), a New York Times best seller

  • Deborah Cramer, author of Great Waters, Smithsonian Ocean, and The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

  • Brian Donahue, Author and researcher in American environmental studies, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, and land conservation

  • Films by Huey, film maker, whose credits include, Wilderness & Spirit: A Mountain Called Katahdin (2002), and Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor of the Soul (2017)

  • Jennifer  Haigh, award-winning novelist and author of News From Heaven, Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble

  • John Kaag, Professor of Philosophy and author of American Philosophy: A Love Story

  • Michael Kellett, RESTORE: The North Woods

  • Christopher Lydon, Journalist and former host of NPR’s The Connection

  • Megan  Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.  Her books include The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (2005), Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (2013), and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast (2017)

  • PEN New England, the New England chapter of PEN America, part of a worldwide community of writers celebrating literature, creative expression, and defending the liberties that make them possible. 

  • Sy  Montgomery, a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults

  • Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods

  • Sandra  Petrulionis, author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord

  • Richard  Primack, Climate Scientist, author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods

  • Wen  Stephenson, Climate Activist, author of What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice. Former editor at the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, and PBS’s Frontline.com

  • Laura Dassow Walls is the author of the forthcoming Henry David Thoreau: A Life, to be published by the University of Chicago Press in July 2017.

  • Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Secret Language of Snow (for children; co-authored with Ted Major, illustrations by Jennifer Dewey), Sierra Club/Pantheon Books, 1984; Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajoland (illustrations by Clifford Brycelea) Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1984; Coyote's Canyon (photographs by John Telford), Peregrine Smith, Layton, Utah, 1989; Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Pantheon Books, New York, 1991; Leap, Pantheon Books, New York, 2000; Finding Beauty In A Broken World, Pantheon Books, New York, 2008; When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, Sarah Crichton Books, New York, 2012; The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Park

  • 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 hosted The Connection on WBUR in the ’90s. He recorded the original podcast in 2003 with Dave Winer. The rest is history in the making.

 

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