Thoreau Lecture Series

Date(s) - 08/14/17 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Indianapolis Public Library

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Walden: Its Relevance in Thoreau’s Day and Ours

“It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.” Walden

Walden: Or Life in the Woods, has been translated into more languages than any piece of American literature. The ongoing fascination with this book reflects a timeless message for the readers through the ages and across the waters. Thoreau’s influence on Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and others speaks to the depth of the message as we struggle to make sense of our own time. Studies of Thoreau’s life and work continue to be carried on as demonstrated by the creation of new biographies, literary conferences, and papers both at home and abroad. This presentation will seek to discover a central core to the complexity of his essay.