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Elise Lemire

Professor of Literature

Author of three books about race and memory in the United States.

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Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts is now available on Audible.

Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston, was featured on C-SPAN:


These and Miscegenation: Making Race in America were published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

More About Me

Professor Lemire’s work on the black enclave in Concord’s Walden Woods was covered by the Washington Post and featured on this PBS show:

Representative Courses

  • American Women Writers
  • Colloquium I and II (the gateway and capstone courses of the Literature major)
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
  • Introduction to the Novel
  • 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.