Laura Dassow Walls to Deliver Harding Lecture Sept. 12

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Award-winning author Laura Dassow Walls will deliver SUNY Geneseo's 2013 Walter Harding Lecture on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom. Her address is titled, “Of Compass, Chains, and Sounding Lines: Taking Thoreau’s Measure.”

Walls is a Professor of English at the University at Notre Dame. She is the author of The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and a recipient of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell prize. Walls is currently working on a new biography of Thoreau.

SUNY Geneseo launched the annual Harding lecture in 2004 in honor of the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Walter Harding, an internationally known faculty member who was the world's leading scholar on 19th-century author Henry David Thoreau. Harding was the founding secretary and former president of the Thoreau Society, the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the study of any American author.

Harding taught in the Department of English for 26 years. He died in 1996. Harding's wife, Marjorie Brook Harding, created an endowment to make the lecture series possible. She significantly enlarged the endowment in 2010 , assuring that generations of Geneseo students and faculty will benefit from Walter Harding's tradition of scholarship and learning. Media

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