Join the NYU community for a lecture by Thoreau biographer Laura Dassow Walls. Walls, author of the first comprehensive biography of Thoreau in more than 50 years, will speak on the contemporary significance of Thoreau’s life and ideas.
Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, will be introduced by Philip Kunhardt, director of the Center for Transformative Lives, the evening’s sponsor.
Thoreau is best known for his book “Walden,” a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience” (originally published as “Resistance to Civil Government”), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.
“Henry David Thoreau: A Life,” published by the University of Chicago Press in time to honor Thoreau’s 200th birthday, is the first full-length, comprehensive biography of Thoreau in a generation.
Walls draws on extensive new research and the full range of Thoreau’s published and unpublished writings to present Thoreau as vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions—fully embedded in his place and time, yet speaking powerfully to the problems and perils of today.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.4291. Space is limited.