BAR HARBOR –– Conservationist and author Brooke Williams will present his new book, “Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet,” and its inspiring stories of how wilderness can remind us of our humanity at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, May 9, at 4:10 p.m.
“‘Open Midnight’ documents my exploration of the idea that by spending time in the wilds, we’re driven to contribute to the greater good of our species,” Williams said.
“Open Midnight” (Trinity University Press 2017) follows the dual stories of Williams’ own time trekking in the Utah wilderness and the historic life of his great-great-grandfather through the experiences of naturalists such as Charles Darwin, who lived in the same period. Described by the Santa Fe New Mexican as being “a kind of prayer – for peace, for connection between land and people, and for the future of the species,” this book draws on the beauty and stories of both untamed nature and human struggles.
Williams’s life has been one of adventure and wildernesses exploration. His conservation career spans 30 years, most recently with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He has a master’s degree in sustainable business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He’s a freelance journalist with four books, including “Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness,” and dozens of articles. “Open Midnight” documents his exploration of places where the outer and inner wilderness meet. He and his wife, the writer Terry Tempest Williams, and their dog, Winslow, split their time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Jackson Hole, Wyo.
The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.