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The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

Thursday-Sunday, July 8-11, 2010

Final Draft Agenda: �Thoreau & Transcendentalism, Then and Now�

 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

9-10:00 am              Gayle Moore, Gallery Exhibit, Refreshments & Talk, Emerson Umbrella

9:30-3:30                 Registration

10:00-10:30             Refreshments

10:30-12:00             Workshop I at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1.        Panel Discussion (Main Floor)

         Rochelle Johnson, Thoreau�s Late Thoughts on Perception: Lessons for 21st-Century Environmental Thinkers

         Albena Bakratcheva, The Delegated Intellect of Transcendental New England:  Then and Now
 

2.        Panel Discussion (Downstairs)

         Robert Young, Walking to Wachusett � A Re-enactment of Thoreau�s �A Walk to Wachusett

Noon                      Lunch on your own

1:30-3:00 Workshop II at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1.        Presentation (Main Floor)

         Peter Alden, What Would Henry Think of Today's Environmental Challenges Here and Around The World?
 

2.        Panel Discussion (Downstairs)

         Paul J. Medeiros, From Train Rails to Jail Tales: Relativity Justifies Transcendentalist Morality!

         Audrey Raden, Thoreau and John Brown

3:30-5 pm               Workshop III at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1.        Panel Presentations (Main Floor)

         Tracey A. Cummings, Into the Thoreauvian Wild: Jon Krakauer�s Reimagining and Reconsideration of Thoreauvian Transcendentalism and American Masculinity in �Into the Wild�

         Shinji Iwamasa, Thoreau's Double Vision in Terry Tempest Williams

         Nikita Pokrovsky, Transcendental psychosemantics: Thoreau and Emerson on the meaning of Nature

 

2.        Presentation

         Corinne Smith, Thoreau�s Minnesota Journey

 

5-7 pm                    Thoreau Farm Trust Picnic
Bring your own picnic.  Drinks provided.  341 Virginia Road in Concord

 

7:30-9 pm               Emerson Society Panel; co-sponsored by the Margaret Fuller Society

 

Friday, July 9, 2010

                                Walking Tours

6:45-9:15 am           To secret, huge Great Blue Heron colony near White Pond in south Concord

8:30-10 am              Janet Beck & Jayne Gordon, "A Transcendentalist Above All�:  A Walking Tour of John Brown�s

Concord.

9:30-3 pm               Registration

9:30-10:30               Refreshments

10:30-Noon            Workshop IV at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1         Panel Discussion (Main Floor)

         Robert Thomas Klevay, Transcendental Quotation in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

         Edward Mooney, Transcendentalism in �A Week on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers�

1         Panel Presentations (Downstairs)

         Linda Holt, The Zen Drawings of H.D. Thoreau

         Iuliu E. Ratiu, Surveying (in) Thoreau's Walden

 

Noon                      Box Lunch

1-2:30     Workshop V at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

2         Panel Discussion (Main Floor)
The Environment:  Thoreau as Transcendentalist Physician

         K. P. Van Anglen, Transcendentalism and the Environment:  An Introduction to Thoreau�s Changing Stance

         James Engell , A Physician not a Metaphysician:  Thoreau�s Diagnoses of the Heart

         Brent Ranalli, The Native American Model: The Civic and Economic Virtues of a Healthy Relationship to Nature
 

2         Presentation (Downstairs)

         Kit Bakke, A Bedlam Of Good Intentions: Modest Reflections on The Whys and Wherefores of Utopian Communes in The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

3-4:30      Workshop VI at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1.        Panel Discussion (Main Floor)

         Thoreau, Laura Dassow Walls

         Thoreau, Edward Mooney

         Thoreau, Tom Potter
 

2         Presentation (CFPL)

         Concord Free Public Library Discussion

5:30-7                      Dinner at the First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road, Concord

7:30-9:00                 Concord Free Public Library

 

 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

                                Walking Tours
6:45-9:15 am
           To Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Concord

7 am                        Corinne H. Smith, Walter Harding Memorial Walk at Walden Pond

8-9                           Refreshments

9-10:30                    Annual Business Meeting

10:45-Noon            Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Address

Keynote Address by Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (2005) and a forthcoming biography of Ebe Hawthorne, Nathaniel's brilliant sister. More details

Noon                      Box Lunch

12:30-1 pm             Registration

12:30-2:00 pm        Performance: Kevin Radaker, Meet Henry D. Thoreau

2:30-4:00 pm          Workshop VIII at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1.        Presentation (Main Floor)

         Barry Andrews, From Emerson to Obama: Transcendentalism Yesterday And Today
 

2         Presentation (Downstairs)

         Robert M. Thorson, Walden as the Fourth Derivative of Local Geology

4:30 pm Pickup   Van Service from the Masonic Temple to the Thoreau Institute                               

5-6 pm                    Tour of Henley Library & the Thoreau Society Collections

5:30 Pickup          Van Service from the Masonic Temple to the Thoreau Institute               

6 pm Pickup         Van Service from the Thoreau Institute to the Masonic Temple

6-6:30 pm               Reception for Keynote Speaker Megan Marshall at the Thoreau Institute

6:30-8pm                Dinner Buffet:  Dining Room, Porch, Great Hall, and Yard

8-9:30 pm               Book Signing:  Living Room

9-9:30 Pickup      Van Service from the Thoreau Institute to the Masonic Temple               

 

 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

                                Walking Tours
6:45-9:15 am
           To Fairhaven Bay, cliffs and beaver pond beyond Walden (with special parking on Fairhaven Hill).

7:30-10 am              Randall Conrad & Richard Lenat, Exploring the Pencil Factory Dam Site, Acton
Please gather promptly in the Masonic Temple parking lot for car pool!

10-11:30                  Workshop VIII at the Masonic Temple, 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

1.        Presentation (Main Floor)

         Peter MacInerney, Transcending Ideologies: Thoreau's Mather, Then and Now
 

2         Presentation (Downstairs)

         Debra Enzenbacher, Thoreau, Transcendentalism and One Woman�s Search for Meaning at the South Pole

Noon-2 pm    Open House:  Thoreau Farm Trust

2:30-5 pm      School of Philosophy Building at Alcott House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord Directions

What Were We Born to Do?  The "New Women" of the Transcendental Era
A conversation with Phyllis Cole, Helen Deese, Megan Marshall, and John Matteson

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