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SUU Hosts Keynote for Utah Humanities Book Festival

Published: October 13, 2015 | Category: Academics

Terry Tempest Williams, award-winning writer, scholar, and activist, will be speaking at SUU Convocations. Her discussion is titled, “Finding Beauty in a Broken World: A Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams.” Williams is the keynote speaker for the annual Women and Gender Studies Conference, in partnership with the Outdoor Engagement Center. The Convocation will take place on Thursday, October 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Hunter Conference Center’s Gilbert Great Hall.

Williams’ writing has been featured in several newspapers such as The New York Times and The New Yorker. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s health, freedom of speech and conservation. Her writing has been described as lyrical and passionate, and as an author she is devoted to speaking out on behalf of ethics and social justice.

Williams has received several awards over her writing career. In 2014, she received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award on behalf of her distinguished leadership.  She is also currently a scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth College.

“Terry Tempest Williams’ words capture experiences and places bringing to light our landscapes in a very unique and creative way.  She shows places are made of not just the landscape, but of the people who live, work and appreciate the land as well.  It will be an honor to have her on campus as part of the Women and Gender Conference focusing on environmental justice, partnerships, and science,” said Briget Eastep, co-sponsor of the Convocation.

This event is free and open to the public. The Utah Book Festival sponsors several authors throughout the state. For more information about the conference please refer to the following website: http://suu.edu/womenandgenderstudies/conference/.


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