Wendell Berry reflects on removal of papers
Editor’s note: Kernel managing editor Taylor Moak has been working on a profile of Wendell Berry since October. The Kernel, which had planned to publish this story later in the semester, moved up publication because of the weekend’s events.
Wendell Berry studied at UK. He taught here.
Over the years, he gained acclaim for literature that advocated a return to the land. His work and the state’s flagship universty were intertwined.
So in December of 2009, after Berry quietly removed the body of work he had loaned to UK’s archives, he knew that what he was doing would reverberate beyond his seemingly simple action.
“To me it’s a matter of principle, of what I consider the proper role for the University of Kentucky in fulfilling its obligation to its state and its people,” Berry said.