Walden Discussion Series

Date(s) - 10/04/17 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Peabody Institute Library

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Professor Theo Theoharis will teach this 4-part class that will explore Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.
Two hundred years after his birth in 1817, Henry David Thoreau remains an inspiring figure around the globe.  His stay in jail in 1846  for a refusal to pay taxes,in protest of slavery and the Mexican American War, gave rise to his ‘An Essay on Civil Disobedience’ first published in 1849, an essay now also famous for inspiring Ghandi’s resistance against the British, and Martin Luther King’s work in the American Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950’s through the 70s.  Thoreau is most famous for Walden first published in Boston in 1854, and it is Walden that this class will focus on for four sessions. In addition to clarifying Thoreau’s argument about the relation of ethics to the reality of the natural world, we will try to bring his arguments about consumerist culture and conformity forward as relevant topics for analysis of the present scene.
Meetings will be held on Wednesdays October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 11 a.m. Beginning September 5th, books will be available at the Main Library on a first-come, first-served basis. The edition referenced in this class will be Walden, Henry David Thoreau, Edited Jeffrey S. Cramer, Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-11008-1.