Upcoming Events and Event Catalog

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Reading Circle Spring 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Event Details & Registration

In spring 2020, many of us have returned, or perhaps turned for the first time, to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. What better time to discuss Thoreau’s classic, which ruminates on the beauty of nature and a life of simplicity?

We will discuss Walden in two parts and focus on selected chapters. Of course, we encourage you to read the work in its entirety, but hope honing in on selected chapters will help focus our discussions. Discussion questions will be sent to participants a week prior to the Reading Circle. The questions are meant to spark our thinking and discussion, but we encourage participants to bring their own questions as well. Curator of Collections and Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer will join us to provide biographical and historical context to the conversation.

Even though we cannot gather in-person, we look forward to what’s sure to be an insightful and lively conversation

Part one will be held on Thursday, May 21, 7:30-8:45 PM EST via zoom

*Focus chapters: “Where I lived and What I lived for”; “Solitude”;”Visitors”

Part two will be held on Thursday, June 11, 7:30-8:45 PM EST via zoom

*Focus chapters: “Higher Laws”; “Brute Neighbors”; “Spring”

For those who do not have a copy of Walden, the text is available on our website: https://www.walden.org/work/walden/




Authors Reading Aloud, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, and The Walden Woods Project will host the next Author Reading:

Jeffrey S. Cramer’s Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

June 4, 2020, 7:00-8:00pm EST.

All livestream events appear on the Authors Reading Aloud Facebook page at the designated time. Please visit the Facebook page to participate: https://www.facebook.com/authorsreadingaloud/

You can also RSVP to the virtual reading here.

In this livestream event, Jeffrey. S Cramer, Curator of Collections at the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library, will read from his newest book Solid Seasons.

About Solid Seasons:

Any biography that concentrates on either Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson tends to diminish the other figure, but in Solid Seasons both men remain central and equal. Through several decades of writing, friendship remained a primary theme for them both. Collecting extracts from the letters and journals of both men, as well as words written about them by their contemporaries, Solid Seasons beautifully illustrates the full nature of their twenty-five-year dialogue.

To buy this book, visit our shop at https://www.walden.org/shop/?wpvproductcat=books-by-jeffrey-cramer

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Public Program Catalog

These events are offered on an on-going basis. When an event is scheduled, it will appear in the list of upcoming event at the top of this page.

Stewardship Lectures

The Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute 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. Each year the series features a number of talks, panel discussions, or media presentations featuring individuals at the cutting edge of a renewed environmental and social justice movement.

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)
  • Robert M. Thorson, Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science (on his book of the same title)


We are always seeking excellent candidates for the lecture series and welcome any nominations and suggestions for the upcoming year. If you have an idea for a topic or presenter for our Stewardship Lecture Series, please contact the Walden Woods Project.

Modern Lyceum

“Thoreau’s Legacy: A Modern Lyceum” brings back the movement that spawned adult education in America with public forums that promoted thoughtful conversation and education about the social, intellectual and ethical questions of 19th-Century society. Guided by accomplished scholars on related topics, our Modern Lyceum will engage the public in an investigation of current social issues, with respect to and through the lens of Henry David Thoreau’s still-poignant writings and actions—incorporating many of his contemporaries.

Our Lyceum events will not seek to provide easy answers to today’s dilemmas and debates, but to highlight the way in which the voices and perspectives of the past can shed light on and help us to critically examine our current situation. We anticipate that our panelists will—all drawing from Thoreau’s texts and actions—come to slightly different conclusions to some very complex questions, and by doing so, broaden our perspectives on events of today.

Read more about Henry David Thoreau’s involvement with the 19th-Century Lyceum Movement in the United States.