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Terry Tempest Williams April 12

March 23, 2010

The Colorado State University Libraries host Terry Tempest Williams in this Monfort Professor-in-Residence program in which the author will read from her latest book. The work has been described as "her most original, provocative, and eloquently moving book since 'Refuge,' for which she won the 1991 Evans Biography Award.

Monday, April 12
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect

Colorado State University Libraries will host an evening with author Terry Tempest Williams as she discusses and reads from her newest book “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” on April 12.

Construction from destruction

In an impassioned plea for a better relationship between the natural world and humankind, Williams travels the world to see how broken pieces of history and earth can create something new and whole in this narrative of hopeful acts.

Free and open to the public

Williams’ talk is free and open to the public, and will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. on Monday, April 12, at the Hilton Fort Collins Ballroom, 425 W. Prospect Road. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration or tickets are required. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the talk.

Environmental and social issues form a mosaic

A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

“So here is my question,” she asks, “what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?”

High regard from the L.A. Times

Known for her lyrical prose, the Los Angeles Times said this about her latest work: "The book requires some effort, yes. The mind is not always ready to connect pieces...But Williams fills Finding Beauty in a Broken World with so many glinting surfaces that the mind wants to collect them."

Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, and she also wrote An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert and The Open Space of Democracy.

Voice for change

A voice for ecological consciousness and social change, Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and numerous anthologies worldwide.

She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses, and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.

Event sponsorship

This Monfort Professor-in-Residence Program is hosted by Colorado State University Libraries, Friends of Colorado State University Libraries, the CSU English Department and Creative Writing Program, Associated Students of CSU, Organization of Graduate Student Writers, KUNC Radio, and Hilton Fort Collins.

The Monfort Professor-In-Residence program brings accomplished leaders from business, government and the arts to campus to interact with students and enrich their learning experiences.

Past Monfort Professor-in-Residence speakers

The program is provided through the Monfort Excellence Fund. Some of the leaders who have visited CSU include:

  • Reza Aslan, Iranian-American author and scholar
  • Joann DiGennaro, president of the Center for Excellence in Education
  • Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society
  • Carl Williams, civil rights attorney
  • Robert Fornaro, president, AirTran Airways
  • Kent Rominger, former NASA space shuttle commander and vice president of Advanced Programs, ATK Launch Systems

More information about the event.  You may also contact Jane Barber at (970) 491-5712 or

Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 491-5712