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Annual Horning Lecture welcomes Terry Tempest Williams, celebrated author of the American West

Author Terry Tempest Williams will deliver the 2016 Ross Horning Lecture sponsored by the Creighton University Department of History.Renowned conservationist and chronicler of the American West Terry Tempest Williams will deliver the 2016 Ross Horning Lecture sponsored by the Creighton University Department of History.

The lecture will take place April 12 at 7:30 p.m., in Witherspoon Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., in Omaha. This lecture is being held in conjunction with the Joslyn’s Go West! exhibition, showcasing art of the American Frontier, which is, in turn, part of Westward O, a Citywide Celebration of the American West.

Tempest Williams’ lecture is titled “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.” The title comes from her forthcoming book (June 2016), a memoir, natural history and social critique. A statement from Macmillan, publisher of her latest book, calls it “a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America. Our national parks stand at the intersection of humanity and wildness, and there’s no one better than Tempest Williams to guide us there.” Tempest Williams’ previous books will be available for purchase and a book signing with her will follow the lecture.

Author of 11 books and four poetry collections, Tempest Williams is a well-known advocate for free speech, women’s health issues and ecological conservation. She is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, winner of the Wallace Stegner Award from the Center for the American West and holder of the Sierra Club’s 2014 John Muir Award. Since 2004, she has been the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Tempest Williams also teaches as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.

In 2009, Tempest Williams was featured in acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns’ PBS series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and in 1996, she was also interviewed for the PBS documentary “The West,” directed by Stephen Ives and produced by Burns.

This annual lecture is named for Ross Horning, a professor of history at Creighton University from 1964 until his death in 2005. The lecture is meant to reflect the many dimensions of his life including his love for history, the arts, and the community.

The Ross Horning Lecture is free and open to the public, though the University requests registration. Click here to register.

For more information, contact Jessi Maynard at jessimaynard@creighton.edu.

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