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 “a citizen writer,” 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 women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, camped in the remote regions of the Utah and Alaska wildernesses, and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.
Terry Tempest Williams 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.