An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams

Friday, March 1, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
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Kenney, Laurie

 “At the heart of all [Williams’] work— as a writer, a naturalist, and a crusader for protection of the nation’s wilderness...the common theme is restoration: restoring our connection to the land, to the sacred, and to each other.” — Utne Reader

Please join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing with Terry Tempest Williams, conservationist, free speech advocate, and author of the environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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 has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, she is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women Were Birds. Her book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, honored the centennial of the National Park Service, was a New York Times bestseller, and also won the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association 2016 Reading the West Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. 

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Ms. Williams received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation. Williams also received the 2017 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing. 


Photo credit: Zoe Rodriguez.


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