Rivendell Fellow Norman Wirzba and author Wendell Berry will headline a symposium on the theme of “Imaginative Education: Learning to Know a Place, Care for a Place” at the University of the South in Sewanee on August 20-21.
“The connections between literature and place, and place and land, are central to the Rivendell ethos. We are delighted to share in this very special symposium, and to host the guests during their time here,” said Carmen Thompson, Director of Rivendell.
Inspired by the example of distinguished author, farmer, and cultural critic Wendell Berry, the symposium will encourage reflection on the deeper dimensions of knowing, caring for, and becoming present to place that Berry represents in his work. Key features of the symposium event include the participation of Mary Berry, Executive Director of the Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky, and Leah Bayens, director of the Berry Farming Program at St. Catherine College, as well as a public conversation with Mr. Berry conducted by Wirzba, who is Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke University.
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