Terry Tempest Williams on the power of the humanities11/01/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up on the first part of today's program we'll talk with Terry Tempest Williams who will be speaking in St. Petersburg this Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Vinoy. It's an event sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and in the interest of full disclosure - my wife works for the Council. Capps Lecture at National Humanities Conference
Terry Tempest Williams has been called â€œa citizen writer,â€ a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she shows how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.
She has testified before Congress on womenâ€™s health issues, been a guest at the White House, camped in the remote regions of the Utah and Alaska wildernesses, and worked as â€œa barefoot artistâ€ in Rwanda.
Terry Tempest WilÂliams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Her other books include An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.
Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah.