Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist, advocate for free speech and wilderness preservation, and author of several books, will speak on campus Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm in McGraw Auditorium.
Ms. Williams is a native of Utah with a lifelong passion for the American Southwestern deserts, which she passionately and eloquently expresses in her writing. Her books are available from other UW campuses by using the free Universal Borrowing service. Requested items should be available for pickup at the Circulation Desk in 2-3 weekdays. Her titles include Refuge: an unnatural history of family and place (2001), Red: passion and patience in the desert (2001), Desert quartet (1995), and An unspoken hunger: stories from the field (1994), among others. Descriptions of her books can easily be found using online sources such as Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com.
It is also possible to read the full text of several of Ms. Williams’ articles for newspapers and magazines online. Do a search for her as an author in EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier database. (One of my favorites is her article “Places of the Heart” for National Parks (May/Jun99 issue) that includes the quote
“If there is any place sacred in America, worshiped from all walks of life, it is our national parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Great Smokies, Olympic, Zion, Bryce, Acadia, the Everglades, and Grand Canyon — all of them cathedrals of natural beauty and wonder. It is here in these shrines of majesty that we are brought to our senses in the post-modern world.”
Words worth reading! More info about her is available from her web site Terry Tempest Williams: Coyote Clan.