What Would Henry Do?

Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 2:00pm

Panel: What Would Henry Do?

Based on Thoreau Farm's book “What Would Henry Do? Essays for the 21st Century,” a panel of Thoreauvian essayists will share their reactions and responses to the title’s question.

Moderator Ken Lizotte, President, Thoreau Farm
Panelists will discuss their contributions to the book and lead a group discussion on potential actions Thoreau might take if he were with us today.

Ronald Wesley Hoag is emeritus professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, "lame duck" president of the Thoreau Society, and a past editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies. A former Needham, Massachusetts, boy, Hoag fished in Walden Pond before he knew who Henry Thoreau was.

Anna West Winter is the executive director of the Concord-based non-profit organization Save Our Heritage. She serves on various boards including: The Walden Woods Project, Concord Museum, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Emerson Hospital, Trustees of Reservations, and PBS Nova. She and her husband Neil live in Concord, where they raised their two children.

Ed Begley, Jr. is an actor and an environmentalist.

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University. She is the author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord, the editor of Thoreau In His Own Time, and co-editor of other works on Thoreau and Transcendentalism. Although she read Walden in high school, no one introduced her to the militant Thoreau until graduate school, a deficiency she takes every opportunity to correct with her own students.