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The Boatman: Thoreau on the Water - Arnold Arboretum Lecture - Free Admission

Friday, November 17, 2017

Robert Thorson, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, and Columnist, Hartford Courant.

Henry David Thoreau was a boatman, more than he was a woodsman: a lifelong river rat whose sense of place emerged from boating, walking, and skating the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.

As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Henry David 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 shares a compelling story of Thoreau's intellectual growth and scientific understanding of the changes made to the river he cherished more than Walden Pond. Robert Thorson's book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years, will be available for purchase and signing.

Offered in collaboration with JP Reads.

Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sponsor(s): Arnold Arboretum
Time(s): 7:00pm
Cost: Free, but registration required
Phone: 617-384-5277

Published on Thursday, October 26, 2017.
All information is subject to change.

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