Marlboro College


“Outstanding” Thoreau Scholar Thomas Blanding ’70 Discusses Transcendentalism at Marlboro College

Marlboro, VT—Acclaimed Thoreau scholar Thomas Blanding ’70 will give a talk about Thoreau’s philosophy in “Still on the Trail of a Hound, a Bay-Horse and a Turtle Dove: It All Began at Marlboro” on Monday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center at Marlboro College.

"The world rests on principles," Thoreau asserts, but just what are his bedrock beliefs? Thoreau himself answers, "my profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature." Whether we accompany him to the huckleberry pastures of Concord or to the mountains in the horizon, we are on a symbolic pilgrimage to a transcendental goal. Blanding's lecture will examine Thoreau's philosophy of Transcendentalism both as a historical phenomenon and as a timeless truth. Thoreau writes, "but one veil hangs over
past, present, and future, and it is the province of the historian to find out, not what was, but what is."

Blanding is “thought by many to be the outstanding Thoreau scholar in the United States,” according to the Boston Globe. Blanding has taught more than 50 courses and seminars, appeared on several television and radio programs and provided consultation services for many films. He is the author of Historic Walden Woods, co-author of A Thoreau Iconography and is currently working on a biography of Thoreau.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.


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