OARS Annual Meeting, "The Thoreau You Never Knew: Boatman and Science Activist"

06/01/2017 7:00 pm

Thoreau Country is River Country Lessons from The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years

Presenter: Robert Thorson, Author of The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years (Harvard, April, 2017) and Professor of Geology

Thursday, June 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Concord-Carlise High School Auditorium
(500 Walden Street, Concord)

The watershed of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers was the largest and most wondrous thing in Thoreau’s life: a “vast amphitheater rising to its rim in the horizon,” a “seemingly concave circle of earth, in the midst of which I was born and dwell.” The epicenter of that landscape was the triple point at Egg Rock where these three streams touch. Though these claims are crystal clear from his life’s work, the Journal, it has been Walden, his literary masterpiece, that has defined our image of him.

The Boatman explores this new perspective, prioritizes Thoreau’s lifelong love of his rivers, shares what he learned about them, and explains why his 19th century understandings are critical for managing our 21st century rivers of today.

This illustrated presentation and reading will be followed by a fund-raising book sale and signing to benefit OARS.

The evening will begin with a short business meeting. Members will be asked to vote on this slate of nominees for OARS Board of Directors (term June 2017 - June 2020): Robert Donelan, Paul Goldman, Ingeborg Hegemann, and Pam Rockwell.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP appreciated: 978-369-3956 or email OARS

Robert Thorson has been a devotee of Thoreau for a half-century. This book, The Boatman (Harvard, 2017) celebrates the bicentennial of his birth and completes the work of his earlier work on Thoreau, Walden's Shore (Harvard, 2014). Both celebrate Henry's genius as a natural scientist who was fully aware of the changes taking place around him.
Thorson is a Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut, a regular opinion columnist for the Hartford Courant, and author of three previous best-selling and award-winning books on New England's stone walls.

Read a recent review of The Boatman.