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Tim DeChristopher and Terry Tempest Williams in Chicago
Sep 27 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chicago History Museum
Clark Street at North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
“Those who write the rules are those who profit from the status-quo. If we want to change that status quo, we might have to work outside of those rules because the legal pathways available to us have been structured precisely to make sure we don’t make any substantial change.”
Tim DeChristopher will talk about his act of nonviolent civil disobedience in which he disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction in 2008 in order to protect fragile lands in southern Utah from long-term damage, an act that led to his imprisonment for 21 months. The talk will be followed by a conversation with Terry Tempest Williams.
A book signing with Terry Tempest Williams will follow the event.
TIM DECHRISTOPHER is a climate justice activist and co-founder of the nonprofit Peaceful Uprising. After being imprisoned for 21 months for his act of civil disobedience, he was released in April 2013 and is now on a three-year probation. The recently released documentary film, Bidder 70, tells DeChristopher’s courageous story. This fall he will begin studies at Harvard Divinity School.
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classics, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red - Patience and Passion in the Desert;The Open Space of Democracy, and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her most recent work is When Women Were Birds.
Doors open at 6:00, seats are unassigned. Please plan to arrive early.
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