Sarah Beckwith is a Professor at Duke Univeristy specializing in Medieval literature and Renaissance/early modern literature. Educated at Oxford University with a Ph.D. from London University, her book Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi was published by the Univeristy of Chicago Press in 2003. She was the co-editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies for many years and is a co-founder of the series Re-Formations through the University of Notre Dame Press.
Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us 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 classic, 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; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.
In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. She is also the recipient of the 2010 David R. Brower Conservation Award for activism. The Community of Christ International Peace Award was presented in 2011 to Terry Tempest Williams in recognition of significant peacemaking vision, advocacy and action.
Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, was published in Spring 2012 by Macmillan.
Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities and Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago, James Chandler is the author of numerous books, including An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema and England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism. His teaching focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment, modern Irish literature, cinema studies, and the history of the humanities. He is currently at work on a series of essays on Maria Edgeworth and How to Do Criticism.
Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation(2003), have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. Her most recent work, A Tale for the Time-Being (2013), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and will be published in over thirty countries. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.
Rita Copeland is Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of Humanities, Professor of Classical Studies and English at University ofPennsylvania. She works across a number of fields and periods, including: medieval literature (English, Latin, French); intellectuals, learning, and literacy in medieval Europe; literary theory from ancient to early modern; the history of rhetoric from ancient to early modern. Her teaching combines interests in antiquity and the Middle Ages-or how the Middle Ages understood antiquity. My newest projects are The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 800-1558, and a study of the emotions and rhetoric in the Middle Ages. She was a founding editor of the annual New Medieval Literatures ), and is co-editor, with Jill Ross, of Toronto Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Rhetoric, a new book series from Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.