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Considerations of Thoreau: Contemplating the Naturalist, Philosopher, Citizen

  • J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library, University of the Incarnate Word 4301 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX, 78209 United States (map)

Free Admission - Donations Welcomed!

This presentation will be structured around Henry David Thoreau’s words, and those of biographers,gathering in the sojourner-naturalist of his accounts of treks in the wilds, the philosopher of solitude of WALDEN, the poet of perambulation of “Walking”, the citizen of conscience of “On Civil Disobedience”, and the life of the man in an intellectual community shared and enhanced by other remarkable thinkers - Ralph Waldo Emerson, predominantly. In these considerations, these aspects, LaVilla-Havelin will concentrate on common threads, the inter-relatedness of Thoreau’s singular vision.

Jim LaVilla-Havelin, the City of San Antonio’s 2019 Awardee for Distinction in the Literary Arts, is a poet, teacher, and community arts activist. He is the Poetry Editor for the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, Coordinator of San Antonio’s annual National Poetry Month activities, and co-founder, with Mobi Warren of Stone in Stream/Roca en el Rio, a group of writers, artists, activists, committed to the environment. Author of five books of poems, LaVilla-Havelin’s most recent, WEST, poems of a place (Wings Press, 2019),       focuses on his move to the country, after a decidedly city life, in order to “live deliberately.”

A short walk will follow the presentation.



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