Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 3, 2015 for the Center’s annual Creating A Compassionate Community Conference, with Keynote Speaker Diane Ackerman.

750 × 1050 x 300 dpiThe incandescent Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including, The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us, a New York Times bestseller, Notable Book of 2014, and winner of the 2015 PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing for a book that “celebrates the natural world and human ingenuity, while exploring how the human race has become the single dominant force of change on the whole planet.” Her other nonfiction works include One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir; The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story; Dawn Light and the bestselling A Natural History of the Senses—a book beloved by millions of readers all over the world. Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being “in” nature, but Ms. Ackerman has taught generations that we are nature—for “no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.” In prose so rich and evocative that one can feel the earth turning beneath one’s feet as one reads, Ackerman’s thrilling observations urge us to live in the moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles. [Read more ... ]

 

 

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