Robert Thorson (University of Connecticut, Geosciences) will discuss “America’s First Broad Environmental Assessment? Readings from The Boatman (Harvard, 2017).” 11am - 1pm. Lunch to follow.
Overview: “The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years (Harvard 2017) gives readers a Thoreau for the Anthropocene epoch. As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself—a land surveyor by trade—was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients. Robert Thorson tells a compelling story of intellectual growth, as Thoreau moved from anger, to lament, to acceptance of the way humans had changed the river he cherished more than Walden Pond.
The core of the Agrarian Studies Program’s activities is a weekly colloquium organized around a theme: “Hinterlands, Frontiers, Cities, and States: Transactions and Identities.”
Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.
For more information, visit the Agrarian Studies Colloquium webpage.