Bosco Honored with Thoreau Society
(October 8, 2004)
English Professor Ronald
Bosco, winner of The Thoreau Society Medal,
was recently named Distinguished Professor.
At The Thoreau Society annual meeting in July
in Concord, Mass., Ronald A. Bosco, a member
of the UAlbany faculty since 1975 and Distinguished
Service Professor of English and American Literature
since 1992, was presented with The Thoreau Society
Medal, the society’s highest award.
The Thoreau Society is the world’s oldest and
largest organization devoted to the legacy of
an American writer, and Bosco, a past-president
of both the Thoreau and the Emerson societies,
is only the fifth person and first literary
scholar to receive this award.
Earlier, he received the Lyman H. Butterfield
Award for lifetime achievement as a textual
editor from the Association for Documentary
Editing at its annual meeting in Chicago. Named
General Editor in 2003 of The
Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
series published by Harvard University Press,
Bosco has been an editor of the Emerson Family
Papers at Harvard’s Houghton Library since 1977.
On July 24, he delivered “Thoreau and the Re-formed
Self” at the Walden University (Minneapolis,
Minn.) commencement held in Bloomington, Ind.;
on October 2, he delivered a plenary address,
“ ‘Build, therefore, your own world’: Emersonian
Reflections on the Concept of ‘Global Individualism’,”
at the Re-Awakening East-West Connections: Walden
and Beyond symposium held at the Boston Research
Center for the 21st Century in Cambridge, Mass.
A prolific writer and lecturer on Puritan poetics
and homiletics and on New England Transcendentalism,
Bosco most enjoys bringing the fruits of his
research into the undergraduate classroom, where
this semester he is teaching a course on the
American Poetic Tradition
in the General Education curriculum and another
on Early American Life
and Letters, which he co-created and
is team-teaching with Jill Murphy, a doctoral
candidate in English.