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The Global Thoreau Community: A Conversation – Part 1 - Shared screen with speaker view
Rebecca Gould
Beautiful images, Merci!
Michael Frederick
Welcome to “'There Is More Day to Dawn': A Global Conversation Celebrating Thoreau’s Lasting Legacy"Sponsored by The Thoreau Society
Michael Frederick
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Michael Frederick
The current session is "The Global Thoreau Community: A Conversation – Part 1"
Michael Frederick
Chat your questions at any time during the webinar.
Brian Bartlett
Francois, During your outings are you taking notes, or are you writing about them in any way afterward?—in other words, following that Thoreauvian route?
Michael Frederick
We're queuing questions until 12:40 pm. Keep sending them in.
Michael Frederick
"The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World." HDT
Carolina Santos
Good afternoon ! Question to whoever may answer as it sounds a bit specific: Do you know any scholars in South America, who study Thoreau and Transcendentalism as a whole ? Thanks for the webinar.
Michael Frederick
This is an excellent question for attendees to help answer: "Good afternoon ! Question to whoever may answer as it sounds a bit specific: Do you know any scholars in South America, who study Thoreau and Transcendentalism as a whole ? Thanks for the webinar."
Dennis Noson
Does the freedom of the birds, your woodpeckers, frustrate you in these constrained times, or remind you of your freedom to move alone walking along (or bicycling!) at the pond and in Lyon.
Michael Frederick
"Life without Principle" https://archive.vcu.edu/english/engweb/transcendentalism/authors/thoreau/lifewithoutprinciple.html
Alireza Taghdarreh
I am attending this webinar from Iran. Zoom does not allow me to connect to you because of the US sanctions. My own country does not permit us to talk to you legally. So I am like a convict. Such connection is four times more expensive to me.
Michael Frederick
"Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom?"
Jan Hokeš
To Carolina Santos: Yes, Clodomir de Andrade, Philosophy professor at the Department of Religious Studies, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and translator of Thoreau.
Carolina Santos
Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!
David Zuba
During this pandemic it has made me think that Thoreau, who was not the anti-social hermit that many made him out to be, would have been very lonely without the company of his family on the weekends, Emerson and Ellery Channing on his walks, and the ordinary passers-by whom he would chat with. But, I believe Thoreau would have taken it in stride, and instead, would have formed closer relationships with nature and its floral and fauna, if that were even possible.
Rebecca Gould
Thank you, Alireza for sharing this very important reality — so that we are all aware of it. And thank you for attending!
Dennis Noson
I have a book before me: Joy at Work, by the decluttering expert Marie Kondo (of Japan). She extends simplification of tidying up to extend to useless patterns or habits we engage in at the workplace. Do any of you have experience with letting go of overloading time demands at work?
Michael Frederick
Nikita PokrovskyInterpreting America: Russian and Soviet "Studies of the History of American Thought (introduction)"
David Zuba
Alireza I am so sorry that these ill-informed and unnecessary sanctions are taking away a vital aspect that many nations, including the U.S., share and advocate throughout the free world: freedom of speech. No amount of economic sanctions should ever eliminate one's ability to be heard and noticed. I hope for you and your country that this situation changes after November.
Rebecca Gould
Merci, François, for these vital reflections on the relationships between cost and values (and the environmental impacts related to these).
Carolina Santos
Alireza, coming from a country with rampant authoritarism currently, becoming unable to follow an academic carreer studying Transcendentalism, I feel you though can't compare. I am glad you are here with us resisting !!!!!!!
Shop at Walden Pond
Happy to be streaming this webinar in the Shop at Walden Pond. It's a sunny day at the Pond and Shop.
Rebecca Gould
I wanted to chime in here that walking in solitude is not calming to everyone, of course. In my class we read several African-American authors who write about a longing to BE in nature alone and yet fears about doing so because of threats and fears of what might happen to them. Such as the risks of “birding while black.”
Carolina Santos
Rebecca, where could I read more about these subjects ? Does the book Black Walden would count ? Need to learn about this as I never heard of those fears and threats, maybe because I am from other culture. Interesting. Thanks for sharing
Geoff Wisner
Thanks for that, Becky! To understand these issues better, I've appreciated following black birder Corina Newsome on Twitter, who tweets as @hood_naturalist.
Geoff Wisner
Also recommended: Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, edited by Camille Dungy.
Rebecca Gould
Caroline and others, feel free to reach out to me at rgould@middlebury.edu and I will (eventually!) send you some readings.
Carmela D'Elia
the exploration of self & staying in place may be a poet's paradise...no need to be somewhere else....
Rebecca Gould
And we will be digging into similar themes!
Patty Winpenny
Can we really say we are isolated, given constant Internet and media access?
Rebecca Gould
I think Shinji’s phrase “prisoner in paradise” should be the basis of a new story in addition to the “Acres of Diamonds” tale!
Rebecca Gould
Shinji needs to unmute
Dennis Noson
Black American writer James McBride brings the image of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker -- the Good Lord! Bird -- into intersection with direct action, in portraying Weird John Brown's raid... Thoreau's hero, his Jesus figure. I recommend his book for self-examining the question of violence in times of strife and moral indignation.
Shinji Iwamasa
To Mr Schleifer, Thank you for the comparison. freedom of birds metaphor tells the hope of the oppressed in many ways.
Rebecca Gould
Thank you Jayne and panelists — such a rich discussion!
Alireza Taghdarreh
Thank you from Iran.
Carolina Santos
Don't understand name of film