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MWCC Humanities Project: Lecture on Thoreau and Climate Change

The Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project will continue with the presentation, “What Thoreau Can Teach Us about Climate Change,” on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner. Susan Gallagher, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a board member of the Thoreau Society, is the featured speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to his work as a writer, philosopher and activist, Henry David Thoreau was a naturalist who observed the first flowering dates for over 500 species of wildflowers in Concord, Mass., between 1851 and 1858. Gallagher’s lecture on Thoreau and climate change is consistent with MWCC’s commitment to sustainable energy, which manifests itself in the college’s wind turbines, solar panels and wood biomass heating system.

“Because he was such a meticulous journal-keeper about local flora and fauna and an amateur cartographer, contemporary scientists have been able to use his observations on nature to help track climate change over the past 150 years,” Gallagher stated while promoting the Thoreau Society’s “Mapping Thoreau Country” project in 2011.

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project will feature free events throughout the academic year that showcase various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college integrates enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit