2502 - Celebrating Thoreau at 200: Gleaning Treasures From His Journal
On July 12, 2017 we began a year long celebration of the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau. A number of events throughout the world are honoring this great American naturalist, philosopher and poet. Although many facets of Henry’s life and works can be appreciated, perhaps Henry’s greatest gift to us is a two million word journal spanning a quarter of a century. It may be the largest personal journal ever published that still remains in print. In this class, we will examine the intimate contents of Thoreau's journal, which is packed with vibrant natural history observations, deep cosmic philosophy, mundane 19th century New England politics and dry Yankee humor. Our required text will be I to myself - An Annotated Selection From The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, edited by Jeffrey Cramer, curator for collections at the Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Facilitated Discussion
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