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The Thoreau Society at the Modern Language Association, 2023 (San Francisco)

Title of Session: “Transcendentalism, Spirituality, and Social Justice”

In Thoreau’s Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism (2021), Alda Balthrop-Lewis offers us an opportunity to reaffirm Walden, not as a tale of pessimistic isolationism, as some would have it, but as a call for community—a community that includes both the human and the non-human, for it is only by acknowledging the agency of all beings can environmental justice be achieved. We...

The Thoreau Society NEH 2022 Summer Institute:
  • Spend two weeks in Concord, Massachusetts immersed in this topic with seminars and round tables by fourteen prominent scholars
  • Tour historic sites and homes
  • Conduct research in prestigious archives
  • Collaborate with fellow instructors on teaching and research projects
Application deadline: March 1, 2022

 2022 Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship

 Sponsored by The Thoreau Society

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the seventh annual Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship, generously funded by the Harding family. The fellowship honors the life and legacy of Marjorie Brook Harding, who worked diligently to bring together the Thoreau Society, the Walden Woods Project, and SUNY Geneseo to advance Thoreau studies and conservation of Thoreau Country and to keep alive the legacy of Walter Harding, Marjorie’s husband, an early leader in Thoreau...


2022 Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance Graduate Student Fellowship

Sponsored by the Thoreau Society


The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the fourth annual Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance (TCCA) Graduate Student Fellowship. The fellowship is named in honor of the TCCA, which was formed in the 1980s with leadership from Thoreau Society members. TCCA advocated for the protection of Walden Woods from development. The TCCA Graduate Student Fellowship is made possible by support from an anonymous donor in memory of...

In conjunction with the Robert Frost Society, the Thoreau Society is pleased to sponsor these two sessions at the upcoming ALA Conference in Chicago, May 26-29, 2022. (

Panel Session:

Rethinking the Wild: In “The Figure a Poem Makes,” Robert Frost argues, “If it is a wild tune, it is a...

“A life within a life”: Thoreau, Ecopoetics and a Dictionary of the Indian Languages 

Michael Jonik, University of Sussex

At the end of his Maine Woods, Henry David Thoreau adds a brief “Appendix” containing plant and animal names (including Latin nomenclature and common English names), advice for those who would “outfit” an excursion upriver in Maine, and a “List of Indian Words.” The latter list relates primarily to place names or to geographical or topographical features of the Penobscot valley, and signals Thoreau’s diverse yet intense interests in...

The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is named for Barbara Lee Packer (1947-2010), who taught with great distinction for thirty years in the UCLA English department. Her publications, most notably Emerson’s Fall (1982) and her lengthy essay on the Transcendentalist movement in the Cambridge History of American Literature (1995), reprinted as The Transcendentalists by the University of Georgia Press (2007), continue to be esteemed by students of Emerson and of the American Renaissance generally. She is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a lively and learned writer,...


Dear Friends,

The Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm would like to thank you for your support of our online "fun"-raising auction.

With the help of our donors and bidders, we raised $20,434 for our respective missions and programs. 93% of the auction items received bids with 1,183 total bids placed.

The auction is both a program and a fundraising event. Thoreau fans living around the world participate. One thing we love about the auction is that the Thoreauviana will go to people who will cherish them.

You can...

Laura Dassow Walls

What: Free Virtual Lecture
Who: Laura Dassow Walls, PhD, University of Notre Dame
Topic: “A Vast and Indefinite Loss”: Henry Thoreau’s Connections
Between Nature and Slavery
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 2 pm EDT.
Where: Watch on YouTube:

ALA Conference:

July 7-11, 2021 in Boston (...