Upcoming Events and Event Catalog

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lyceum panelists

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. 

Pre-requisite reading is NOT required. Suggested readings include Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”  and Toni Morrison’s “No Place for Self-Pity, No room for Fear.”

Join us via zoom Friday, November 6, 7:00-8:15pm EST.

 

 

 

 


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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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.