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Thoreau as Activist: Writing to Save the World

Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium

Jeffrey S. Cramer, Editor of Walden: A Fully-Annotated Edition and Curator of Collections, Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library will give a talk entitled “Thoreau as Activist: Writing to Save the World” for the University of Connecticut’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. The talk will take place on Thursday, November 9, 4 pm at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium, at UConn. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Henry David Thoreau is recognized as the Father of the American Environmental Movement but it is more his words than his actions that have given him this title. It was through his role as a writer that he hoped to save the world. As he wrote to a friend, “Not that I do not stand on all that I have written—but what am I to the truth I feebly utter!” Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer explores Thoreau, the man, with the Thoreauvian truths he uttered, and how those truths helped create the modern environmental movement. 

Jeffrey S. Cramer is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, a winner of a 2004 NOBA (National Outdoor Book Award) and a co-winner of the Boston Authors Club's 2005 Julia Ward Howe Special Award. Other works include I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau, The Maine Woods: A Fully Annotated Edition, and The Portable Thoreau. Essays by Henry D. Thoreau: A Fully Annotated Edition was published in 2013. His The Portable Emerson was published 2014. 

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. The lectures are open to the public and do not require registration. For additional information please call 860.486.4460 or visit –


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