Twenty-two TMP students attended an interview with award-winning author, environmentalist and activist Terry Tempest Williams at the Lensic on March 8th as part of the Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Series talks. Williams was interviewed by Colum McCann, award-winning author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and Let the Great World Spin.
The next day, Williams and McCann conducted a seminar at TMP with the students, hosted by history and philosophy teacher Jody Lefevers. Students asked questions and shared observations and concerns about our world with the two authors.
Junior Jordan Medina-Montoya asked, “You said last night that you do not think about hope or optimism. You think about inspiration. What inspires you?”
Williams replied, “You inspire me. Daniela Slentz (TMP student pictured below) inspires me. Community and the next generation. You asking that question inspires me because of what’s behind it.”
Colum added, “”I have great faith in this generation. I dearly hope it will be a story-telling movement.”
Willliams’ newest book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, released this year to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service.
Photo and quote credits: English teacher Hillary Hale