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Presentation: Thoreau’s Relevance for Our Time

The MWCC Humanities Project focusing on the life and work of Henry David Thoreau, continues with a presentation by author and Thoreau scholar Corinne Smith on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Cafeteria at the Gardner campus.

Thoreau is the initial focus of the MWCC Humanities Project due in large part to the lasting relevance of both his writing and guiding philosophies. In her lecture, aptly titled “Thoreau’s Relevance for Our Time,” Smith will speak to this idea, as well as the author’s roots as a transcendentalist. Smith, one of several Thoreau experts recruited by MWCC, is the author of “Thoreau’s Last Journey,” the first book to detail his longest and least-well known trip, made from Massachusetts to Minnesota in 1861. As part of her research, Smith strictly followed and researched all aspects of the path taken by Thoreau and his companion Horace Mann Jr.

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the MWCC Humanities Project will feature a full slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college works to integrate enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines and curricula.

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