Terry Tempest Williams, an acclaimed American author and conservationist, will speak at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on Thursday, Nov. 13 as part of a guest lecture for the course “Environmental Leadership and Biography.”
The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Kroon Hall's Burke Auditorium. It is open to the public.
A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech and the natural world, Williams has been described as “a citizen writer… who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.”
Drawing on her life in the American West, particularly in her native Utah, Williams’ writing has explored a range of issues, from ecology and wilderness protection to women’s health and the relationship between culture and nature.
In 2006, she 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 currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide. She has also published several books, including Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert, Refuge, and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.