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Wednesday, 30 December

722. Teaching, Reading, Being “Civil Disobedience”

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 404, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the Thoreau Society

Presiding: Lawrence Alan Rosenwald, Wellesley Coll.

Speakers: Linck C. Johnson, Colgate Univ.; Michael Jonik, Univ. at Albany, State Univ. of New York; Trish Loughran, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Linda Richards, Oregon State Univ.

Respondent: Lawrence Alan Rosenwald

Author Comment
Subject: sometimes everything goes right!
And it did, in my judgment, in this session. I was responding and presiding, I should make clear; but I stand by that judgment regardless. The four talks constituted a coherent and almost intimate conversation; they cohered, in a way that in my experience at MLA and other conference panels is quite unusual. One special virtue of that conversation, and a virtue appropriate to Thoreau and his essay, was the fruitful counterpoint between meditations on texts and meditations on actions and lives. Plus no one went over the time limit, there was ample time for questions, and the questions themselves were illuminating and diverse.
Best, Larry Rosenwald
Subject: Congrats!
Congrats on presiding on a session in which no speaker went over the time limit. That pleases my executive ears!

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