Friday, November 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Hunnewell Bldg., Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

The Boatman: Thoreau on the Water

The Arnold Arboretum welcomes Robert Thorson, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, and Columnist, Hartford Courant, who will give a talk on "The Boatman: Thoreau on the Water."

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.
Fee Free, but registration required.

Offered in collaboration with JP Reads.
Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Contact Name: 

Pam Thompson

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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

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