Upcoming Events and Event Catalog

Our Event Catalog provides general information about our recurring programs


This summer’s Reading Circle will focus on Margaret Fuller’s essay “The Great Lawsuit. MAN versus MEN, WOMAN versus WOMEN,” originally published in The Dial in 1843.

Founder of the New-York Tribune, Horace Greeley, was so impressed by Fuller’s writing that he offered her a position in 1843 as a journalist and literary critic. Fuller accepted the position and moved to New York but did not actively begin working for the Tribune until she finished expanding her essay The Great Lawsuit. MAN versus MEN, WOMAN versus WOMEN.” Fuller’s expansion, titled Women in the Nineteenth Century, was published in February, 1845 and became known as the first landmark in American Feminist literature. Of her published pieces in the Tribune, Fuller wrote numerous essays addressing what she considered to be significant issues of the nineteenth century. Among these issues was the growing disparity between upper and lower classes in the wake of the industrial revolution, the social and economic iniquity faced by women and African Americans, and the desperate need to reform institutions such as prisons and asylums.

Join Curator of Collections and Thoreau Scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer, Education Assistant Sarah Walker, AND Fuller Scholar and Pulitzer Prize winning author Megan Marshall in discussing Fuller’s famous essay and life in relation to Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and more. Thursday, August 13, 7:30-8:30 PM EST via zoom.

“The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men, Woman versus Women,” is available on our website: https://www.walden.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fuller-Dial-July-1843-The-Great-Lawsuit.pdf

Acclaimed nature writer and New York Times bestselling author David Gessner will read from and discuss his newest book: Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American West. As Gessner journeys through the grandeur of our public lands, he tells the story of Roosevelt’s life as a pioneering conservationist, offering an arresting history, a powerful call to arms, and a profound meditation on our environmental future. A Q&A with participants, moderated by The Walden Woods Project, will follow the reading.

This Stewardship Lecture is part of The Concord Festival of Authors.

Order Gessner’s signed book from our shop!

Join us Thursday, October 22, via zoom, 7:00-8:15pm EST.


Note: Professional development events for educators can be found on the educator event page

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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.