BE THOREAU: This Ever New Self Symposium

Date(s) - 10/28/17 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Fenn School

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“Many an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray, i.e. we are not looking for it. So, in the largest sense, we find only the world we look for.” Journal 2 July 1857

In conjunction with the Concord Museum/Morgan Library and Museum exhibition This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal, the Concord Museum presents a day-long symposium at the Fenn School in Concord, bringing together eight scholars to discuss what they discovered in Thoreau’s Journal, and what Thoreau’s writings mean for us today.

In addition to the exhibition co-curators, Christine Nelson of the Morgan Library and Museum and David Wood of the Concord Museum, presenters will include historian Robert Gross, author of the upcoming The Transcendentalists and Their World; geologist Robert Thorson, author of Walden’s Shore and The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years; Sandra Petrulionis, author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord; Richard Primack, the scientist who has used Thoreau’s data in his own studies of climate change; Lois Brown, scholar of African American literature and culture at Wesleyan University; and John Hessler, a Library of Congress curator who has studied extensively Thoreau’s journeys and maps.

Speakers will explore the following framing questions: Which aspects/parts of Thoreau’s Journal most intrigue you and why? Who is the Thoreau you find when you look in the Journal? How have Thoreau’s observations/reflections/insights impacted your own work? What have you come to understand differently as a result of reading Thoreau’s writings?

Participants will have an opportunity for conversation with speakers and fellow participants during lunchtime, focusing on those same questions. All those with an interest in why Thoreau matters today are encouraged to attend; high school and college students are warmly welcomed! Please check www.concordmuseum.org for pricing and reservation information.