Ky.'s Wendell Berry to deliver Jefferson Lecture

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky author Wendell Berry will speak on man's interaction with nature this spring at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

Berry will deliver the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on April 23. The lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The endowment describes the lecture as "the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities."

Endowment Chairman Jim Leach described Berry as "a 21st-century Henry David Thoreau" and "an American treasure" whose work has "helped open our eyes to the importance of respecting and living with nature."

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