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Still Waters: A Deeper Look at Walden Pond

The Grange Lyceum presents Dr. Curt Stager, scientist and author, discussing his most recent book and work examining the history, changes and lives of lakes around the world. His presentation will focus on iconic Walden Pond and our impact on it.

From Curt Stager's Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes
 In Walden, Thoreau wrote of his desire for a fanciful “realometer” to cut through the “mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion ...  to a hard bottom ...  which we can call reality.” I am here to consult my own version of a realometer—this beautiful lake with its ancient sediment archives and the larger perspectives on life that they inspire.


Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science journalist. He has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic, The New York TimesFast Company, and Adirondack Life.  Since 1990, he has also co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio that is syndicated internationally, and has toured widely to offer presentations on his research to audiences ranging, as one colleague put it, "from middle-schoolers to formal scholars." In 2013, he was named the New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. His most recent book is a widely acclaimed examination of lakes from the Adirondacks to Siberia, a narrative about their beauty and the need, more than ever, to protect them. You can read more about Curt and his work HERE.

Walden Pond

Walden Pond