It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture and Other Essays
When he accepted the invitation to deliver The Jefferson Lecture—our nation’s highest honor for distinguished intellectual achievement—Wendell Berry decided to take on the obligation of thinking again about the problems that have engaged him throughout his long career. He wanted a fresh start, not only in looking at the groundwork of the problems facing our nation and the earth itself, but in gaining hope from some examples of repair and healing even in these times of Late Capitalism and its destructive contagions. As a poet and writer he understood already that much can be gleaned from looking at the vocabulary of these problems themselves and how we describe them. And he settled on “affection” as a method of engagement and solution.
2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
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Berry , W. (2012). It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture and Other Essays. New York, NY: Counterpoint.