Sustainability Solutions Café
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Provoking Evolution. What if at our essence, we are biological organisms focused on passing life onto the future, and that our main work is to discover how the planet might make the best use of us?
Join us as Brooke Williams presents from his new book, Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet. Reception and book signing hosted by the Norwich Bookstore after the event.
Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness—Brooke Williams’s year alone with his dog, ground truthing backcountry maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, William Williams, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England across the ocean and the American wild almost to Utah, dying a week short. The story follows two levels of history—personal, as represented by his forbear, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same time as William Williams.
Brooke Williams has spent the last thirty years advocating for wilderness. He is the author of four books, including Open Midnight, Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and The Story of My Heart, by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams. His journalistic pieces have appeared in Outside, Huffington Post, Orion, and Saltfront.
Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum and the Environmental Studies Program.