A.P.E.X. Events: Florence Williams, Eccles Visiting Scholar

Published: October 17, 2018 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Florence williams - the nature fixA.P.E.X. Events presents bestselling author and journalist Florence Williams as one of our three the Eccles Visiting Scholars for the 2018 -2019 season. This presentation will be all about her field research about the effect of nature on the human body. Her newest book The Nature Fix will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Please join us in the Gilbert Great Hall at 11:30 AM on November 1. This event is free and open to the public.

While writing The Nature Fix, Williams traveled to a “forest healing program” in Korea, to Scotland to witness an “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for those with mental illnesses, and several locations in the U.S. Her research seeks to confirm what philosophers and scientists have hypothesized for centuries – that nature is a cure for the brain.

Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of the new Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound, as well as Outside Magazine’s Double-X Factor podcast. Williams has spoken at prestigious organizations that include keynotes at Google, the Smithsonian, the Seattle Zoo, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Williams serves on the board of her favorite non-profit, High Country News, and lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History has won awards from the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times. Her most recent book, The Nature Fix, was an Audible bestseller and was named a top summer read by J.P. Morgan. Williams was named “Author of the week” by The Week in May, 2012. The Wall Street Journal calls her writing “droll and crisp,” which she says, “makes her feel like a pastry.” 

“Florence Williams’ research and book, The Nature Fix, connects on a deep level to our amazing campus at SUU and our prized designation of the “University of the Parks.” We know and value the importance of nature on our campus and in our community, and are honored to bring Florence Williams to strengthen that deep connection to the world around us even more!

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