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 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.
Upcoming Stewardship Lectures
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Event Details & Registration
Sponsored by: The WWP and The Honors College at UMass Lowell
Panelists: Author Dr. Marlowe Miller; Toni Morrison scholar Dr. Carolyn Denard; author and Henry David Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer
Moderators: Umass Lowell professor Tom Hersey and The WWP education coordinator Sarah Walker
The Writing Toward Resilience virtual lyceum will bring writers, scholars, and teachers together to examine the way society and individuals like Henry David Thoreau and Toni Morrison have protested and resisted injustices through their writing. The panelists will also discuss ways in which we, as individuals and as a society, can remain progressive and resilient to current obstacles and social injustices through writing, nature, and art. There will also be time for an audience Q&A.
Join us via zoom Friday, November 6, 7:00-8:15pm EST.
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Event Details & Registration
Join us for a virtual event with Nathaniel Popkin and Gail Straub as they discuss Popkin’s newest book, To Reach The Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of Eco-Crisis.
In the shadow of an escalating eco-crisis—a looming catastrophe that will dwarf the fallout from COVID-19—how can we explain our society’s failure to act? What will we tell future generations? Are we paralyzed because the problem is so vast in scope, or are there deeper reasons for the widespread passivity? With his newest, Nathaniel Popkin explores the moral, social, and psychological dimensions of the crisis, outlining a path to a future spring. The conversation will be moderated by Gail Straub, co-founder and Executive Director of Empowerment Institute, which is one of the world’s leading authorities on women’s empowerment. Their live conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
About Nathaniel Popkin:
Nathaniel Popkin is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor, and historian. He is the author of Song of the City, The Possible City, Lion and Leopard, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, and Everything is Borrowed. He’s the co-editor of Who Will Speak for America? Popkin was co-founder of the web magazine Hidden City Daily and was the founding reviews editor of Cleaver Magazine. His literary criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, LitHub, Tablet, Public Books, and Rain Taxi, among many other publications. Read more about Popkin and his work here.
About Gail Straub:
Gail Straub is the author of six books including the best selling Empowerment translated into over fourteen languages, the critically acclaimed The Rhythm of Compassion and the awarding-winning The Ashokan Way: Landscape’s Path into Consciousness. An activist and pioneer in the field of empowerment, she co-directs the Empowerment Institute where for over four decades she has offered her work to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. She co-founded IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women currently in Africa, Afghanistan, India, and the Middle East. Gail Straub lives in the Hudson River Valley in New York. Read more about Straub and her work here.
Join us Tuesday, December 1, via zoom, 7:00-8:15pm EST.
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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.