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Elise Lemire

Professor of Literature

Professor Elise Lemire’s third book, Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and featured on C-SPAN:


For more information about Battle Green Vietnam, go to

More About Me

Professor Lemire’s work on Henry David Thoreau and the black enclave in Walden Woods was recently covered in a story in the Washington Post by Sydney Trent and featured on this PBS show:

Representative Courses

  • American Women Writers
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
  • Literature, Race, and the Police State
  • Literature of War
  • Nineteenth-Century Novel in the US
  • US Survey I (1500-1830) and US Survey II (1830-1945)
  • The Vietnam War in US Literature and Film
  • Vermeer in the World (team-taught with art historian Jane Kromm)
  • Women and Film

Presentations / Conferences

Panelist, “Fifty Years of Senses of Walden: Revisiting Cavell, Revisiting Thoreau,” Philosophy and Literature Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 26, 2022.

Book event at the Concord Museum, 7 PM, August 23, 2021. Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston - YouTube

Featured Speaker, “Thoreau and Vietnam Veterans Against the War,” The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, July 10, 2021. 

Invited Speaker, “Slavery in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Reckoning with Our Past, Planning for a More Honest and Inclusive Future,” Bemis Lecture in Partnership with the Lincoln Historical Society, 4 PM, June 19, 2021.  Bemis Lecture on the Slavery History of Lincoln MA by Elise Lemire - YouTube

Book talk and panel discussion at the Lexington Historical Society, 7 PM, May 27, 2021.  Lexington Vietnam Protest 50th Anniversary Event - YouTube

Book talk at the Boston Public Library, 6 PM, May 26, 2021.  Use password Ku4F?e%@ to watch a video recording of the talk here: Passcode Required - Zoom

Zoom webinar on Making Slavery History Visible in the Walkable Landscape, 4 PM, Nov 1, 2020.  A Conversation on Making Black History Visible in the Walkable Landscape - Zoom

“‘Shoot now, translate later’: Masculine Fraternity in the Canadian Contact Zone of Bon Cop, Bad Cop,” Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Frankfurt, Germany, May 21-24, 2020. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

“Traumatic Memory and Unreliable Narration in The Yellow Birds,” MLA International Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, July 24, 2019.