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Wendell Berry Gives 2012 Jefferson Lecture   printer  

On April 23 Sewanee Review friend and regular contributor Wendell Berry delivered his lecture, "It All Turns on Affection," as this year's honorary Jefferson Lecturer, the sixth SR contributor to have achieved this distinction, joining Lionel Trilling, Robert Penn Warren, Saul Bellow, Cleanth Brooks, and Walker Percy.  According to the National Endowment for Humanities, which sponsors this annual event, the Jefferson Lecture is "the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities."  Mr. Berry, who has been writing poetry, fiction, and essays for this magazine since 1976, has been one of the country's most important and influential advocates for environmental conservation and self-sustained living; and, as is his signature, Mr. Berry's lecture combined his love of literature and the natural world, and decried our modern industrial society's dislocation from the environment and the community.  Read the lecture in its entirety here or watch the presentation here (scroll down).  Also please note this nice article from the New York Times blog on Mr. Berry.