An Afternoon with Thoreau: What Walden Means Today
The 2016 bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau has been the occasion of a wide-ranging reassessment of Thoreau as an essayist and journal-keeper, a naturalist, and a prophetic moral voice. At the center of all the attention remains Thoreau’s experiment in living a life of simplicity and quiet reflection in a cabin beside a wooded pond, recorded in his now classic 1854 publication Walden; or, Life in the Woods. By reading selections from Walden and other writings from his broad range of work, we will examine Thoreau’s reflections in the context of his own mid-19th-century America and contemplate his relevance for our 21st-century culture and current environmentalist thinking.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of Thoreau’s legacy as a writer, moral voice, and early environmentalist
- Familiarity with a range of Thoreau’s works, from Walden to his essays
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between