UConn Author & Columnist Robert Thorson to Speak in Middletown

Friday, March 14, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, CT—The Rockfall Foundation is hosting an evening talk and reception with award-winning book author and Hartford Courant columnist, Robert Thorson, featuring his recent book,  Walden's Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science. Thorson will speak March 27, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the deKoven House Community Center.

According to Robert Thorson, Henry David Thoreau's 19th-century masterpiece, Walden, is a notable work of physical science as well as American literature. Walden's Shore  illustrates Thoreau's skill with field science and how that skill transformed Walden from its beginnings as a social critique to its conclusion as a well-informed piece of nature writing.

"Henry worked hard to understand Walden's geological narrative and its timeless limnology prior to the composition of his masterpiece,” according to Thorson. “My ultimate goal is to show that Walden is as strongly grounded in physical reality as it is in language, literature and mythology."

Robert Thorson is a Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut (Storrs), author of five previous books, public speaker and consultant on geo-topics, ranging from museum exhibit design to expert witness testimony.  Dr. Thorson's 2002 book, Stone by Stone: the Magnificent History of New England's Stone Walls, won the CT Book Award for nonfiction. An op-ed columnist focusing on science, environment and education for the Hartford Courant, he's published more than 400 columns and essays. More information about his life, teaching and works can be found at http://robertthorson.uconn.edu.

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Suggested donation: $10 per guest. For reservations: Call Tony at (860)347-0340; or email tmarino@rockfallfoundation.org.

The deKoven House Community Center is located at 27 Washington Street in Middletown. There is some limited parking in the Center’s small lot, as well as parking in the city lot next door. For directions go to www.rockfallfoundation.org and click on the Contact page.

The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County. Established in 1935, it is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations whose mission is to be a catalyst – bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the county’s natural environment. Rockfall awards grants each year to organizations, schools and municipalities, and organizes educational forums and symposia.



Claire E. Rusowicz
Executive Director
The Rockfall Foundation

Website: www.rockfallfoundation.org

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