Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 6:00pm
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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge

How Does Thoreau Matter? Environmentalism and the Changing American Landscape

A Harvard Museum of Natural History roundtable discussion followed by reception with Conevery Bolton Valencius, 
Brian Donahue, and 
David Foster

Henry David Thoreau is widely viewed as an icon of the conservation movement and an early champion of America's pastoral landscapes. But do we read Thoreau accurately, or are we missing key parts of his message? What kind of landscape vision might Thoreau advocate were he living within today's complex environmental movement? Environmental historians Conevery Bolton Valencius, Brian Donahue, and ecologist David Foster will explore Thoreau's relevance to our lives today. Reception to follow discussion in the HMNH’s new exhibit, Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller.

Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking is available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage after 5:00 pm.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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