Terry Tempest Williams: “It was at that point, I realized that what the university fears most is empowered students, students tutored by the land itself.”

This afternoon, just as I was retyping a second post on Death that belongs in the My Secret Life manuscript, a post in which I detailed my relationship to Kathryn Tempest, who happens to have been the grandmother of noted naturalist and author Terry Tempest Williams, I see this, in the Salt Lake Tribune. As usual, Terry aligns her decisions with her values, and in so doing, manages to shock the University system of which she has been an integral part for decades. May her actions provoke others in academia who have compromised their values in order to remain in that increasingly toxic, corporatized environment. 

Terry Tempest Williams leaving U.’s lauded Environmental Humanities program after ‘humiliating’ contract negotiations


(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah author Terry Tempest Williams announced her departure from the University of Utah last week after contentious contract negotiations with administrators who insisted she teach on campus rather than in the field. She is pictured here Feb. 16 shortly after buying a BLM oil and gas lease near Arches National Park as a gesture of protest against fossil energy development. Williams had planned to teach her U. Environmental Humanities students on this federal parcel as part of her Art, Advocacy and Landscapes course.

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