Stewardship Lectures

The Walden Woods Project sponsors the Stewardship Lecture Series to celebrate innovation and creativity in environmental stewardship and to highlight the work of those who are promoting the values and ideas embodied by Thoreau. The Lecture Series features talks, panel discussions or media presentations featuring individuals at the cutting edge of a renewed environmental and social justice movement.  Programs are all free and open to the public, unless specified.

Upcoming Stewardship Lectures

Aurea Ensemble, Of Nature Composed

Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Details & Registration

The Walden Woods Project, Lincoln Massachusetts


The Walden Woods Project invites you to a special musical performance!

Aurea Ensemble

“Of Nature Composed”

Thursday, March 5, 2020

7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM; wine and cheese reception will follow)

FREE, but pre-registration is required


The Aurea Ensemble will perform “Of Nature Composed,” which explores the intersection of nature, science, the arts and humanities, and the sanctity of our environment. “Of Nature Composed” includes the words and music of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams; American composers Charles Griffes, John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Charles Ives; with words of naturalist Henry David Thoreau, American contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet Galway Kinnell, and Ted Kooser.

The piece was created in 2016 for the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities in celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize. The mission of Aurea is to investigate and invigorate the relationship between music and the spoken word. Aurea aspires to unify the humanities and fine arts in dynamic, accessible & engaging ways through performance and educational outreach.

The Aurea Ensemble features:

Nigel Gore, spoken word

Chris Turner, harmonica, spoken word

Katherine Winterstein and Alexey Shabalin, violins

Consuelo Sherba, viola

Emmanuel Feldman, cello


Click here for more information about the Aurea Ensemble and “Of Nature Composed.”


Recent Stewardship Lectures include:

  • Terry Tempest Williams, on her book The Hours of Land: A Personal Topography of American National Parks.
  • Laura Dassow Walls, in October 2016, gave the first public presentation of her biography, Henry David Thoreau: A Life, due out on July 12, 2017
  • David Gessner, All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West (on his book of the same title)
  • Michael Kellett, Glen Canyon: Recovering America’s “Lost National Park”
  • Special screening of the documentary Wilderness in America with remarks by the film-maker Robert Baron
  • Robert M. Thorson, Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science (on his book of the same title)

View videos of previous Stewardship Lectures:

Lincoln (MA) Public Television frequently records our Stewardship Lectures and makes them available to the public. Please visit their site to see a selection of some of our past Lectures (select “Walden Woods” in the menu on the left side of the page).