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Environment/Sustainability Thu Sep 26 2013

Event Preview: An Evening with Tim DeChristopher and Terry Tempest Williams

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(Tim DeChristopher, Photo/Haymarket Books)

"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)


Influential climate justice activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising Tim DeChristopher will be in town with acclaimed writer Terry Tempest Williams this Friday evening at Chicago History Museum.

At the event, hosted by Haymarket Books and Lannan Foundation, DeChristopher will discuss climate justice activism and his emphasis on the necessity of nonviolent civil disobedience towards achieving systematic change.

He will also talk about his own courageous act of civil disobedience to protect lands in southern Utah from environmental devastation. His action on December 19, 2008, which disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction and landed DeChristopher 21 months in prison, is the subject of a recently released documentary film, Bidder 70.

Following the talk, DeChristopher will have a conversation with writer Terry Tempest Williams.

Williams, who has been called "a citizen writer", is a staunch naturalist known for her passionate writing on environmental justice issues. She is the author of such environmental literature classics as An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field, The Open Space of Democracy, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and many more. Her most recent book is When Women Were Birds.

A book signing with Williams will follow the event.

Tickets are $5. Event starts Friday at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm, and seating is first-come-first-serve.

 
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