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.

2020-21 Recorded Virtual Events:

Earth Day Lecture with Dahr Jamail: CLICK HERE

Thoreau Q&A with Jeffrey S. Cramer: CLICK HERE

Jeffrey S. Cramer Solid Seasons reading: CLICK HERE

TEDxTheWaldenWoodsProject part 1 with Bill McKibben: CLICK HERE

TEDxTheWaldenWoodsProject part 2: view our selected presentations from Al Gore, HRH Prince William, Amanda Gorman, and more: CLICK HERE.

David Gessner Stewardship Lecture: CLICK HERE. 

Writing Toward Resilience Lyceum: CLICK HERE.

Nathaniel Popkin and Gail Straub: TO REACH THE SPRING: CLICK HERE. 

Thoreau and the Miracle of Poetry: CLICK HERE. 

Earth Day: Ruth Mendelson and The Water Tree Way: CLICK HERE. 

Upcoming Stewardship Lectures

Henry David Thoreau: Where’s Walden

Thursday, June 24, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Details & Registration

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum, The Walden Woods Project, Thoreau Farm, and The Thoreau Society present a live panel discussion on Transcendentalism and its connection to literature, art, and music.

Thursday, June 24 7:00-8:00pm EST. VIA Zoom 

This is a ticketed event. Please register here. 

About this event:

This event will include a panel discussion of the Transcendentalism Movement in the United States and how preserving our environment provides continued inspiration for literature, art and music. Panel will include Executive Directors from The Thoreau Society, The Walden Woods Project, and Thoreau Farm, as well as the Curator of Collections at The Walden Woods Project.


Michael Frederick is an experienced Executive Director skilled in nonprofit management, events, and public relations. His strong business development and community skills have helped to lead the Thoreau Society since 2006. His field of study includes Thoreau’s social philosophy and ethics.

Kathi Anderson is the Secretary of the Board and Executive Director of The Walden Woods Project. From 1977-1990, she was a staff member for U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She served as the legislative director of the Senator’s Massachusetts office and as a legislative assistant for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards including RESTORE: The North Woods, the Walden Conservancy and the Thoreau Society.

Jeffrey S. Cramer is The Walden Woods Project Curator of Collections and resident Thoreau scholar. Jeff’s works include I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau, The Portable Thoreau, Solid Seasons; The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others. He is a winner of a National Outdoor Book Award and a co-winner of the Boston Authors Club’s Julia Ward Howe Special Award.

Margaret Carroll-Bergman is the executive director of Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau. She is an award-winning journalist and Thoreau practitioner. Carroll-Bergman and her husband live in a winterized, 575 sq.ft., hunting and fishing cabin on White Pond (a lesser twin of Walden) in Concord, Massachusetts. Their adult children visit in shifts.

View videos of previous Stewardship Lectures:

Lincoln (MA) Public Television frequently records our in-person 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). Refer to the top of this page for 2020 virtual recordings.