Your Brain in a Garden
Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times; New York Times Magazine; New York Review of Books; Slate; Mother Jones; High Country News; O, The Oprah Magazine; WMagazine; Bicycling; and numerous other publications. A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, Williams’s work focuses on the environment, health, and science. In 2007-08, she was a Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. She has received many awards, including six magazine awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the John Hersey Prize at Yale. Her work has been anthologized in numerous books, including Outside 25, The New Montana Story, How the West Was Warmed, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008.
Williams was named Author of the Week by The Week in May, 2012. Wall Street Journal calls her writing “droll and crisp,” which makes her feel like a pastry. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton, 2012) received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times. She serves on the board of her favorite non-profit, High Country News, and lives with her family in Washington, DC.
Since the time of ancient Persia, gardens, orchards, and parks have long provided respite as spaces of beauty and personal restoration. Our speaker Florence Williams will explore the emerging science of nature and human health, and what research is revealing about cognition, creativity and mental health. These insights take on more urgency as we become […]