The problem with wilderness
The American environmental movement is rooted historically in ideas about pristine wilderness, free from human presence, that replicate colonial patterns of white supremacy and settler privilege. Native-led movements are changing the script.
Spiritual friendship and social justice
The Transcendentalists practiced the art of forming and maintaining spiritual friendships transcending differences of gender, social location, theology, politics, and race.
Henry David Thoreau, the original none
He wanted nothing to do with the Unitarian church that baptized him, but today’s Unitarian Universalism has embraced his revolutionary ecological, conscientious, and spiritually open approach.
A kinder, gentler video game
‘Walden, a game’ brings Thoreau’s simplicity to a tech savvy audience.
‘Radiant genius and fiery heart’
Reclaiming the legacy of Margaret Fuller, the forgotten intellectual at the heart of the Transcendentalist movement and the first American theorist of women’s equality.
How American culture transforms—and is sometimes transformed by—liberal religion.
Kindergarten’s radical advocate
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody saw her educational work as part of a larger effot to reform human society.
The wellspring of American nature writing
Walden remains uncannily ‘addressed to our condition exactly,’ 150 years after its publication.