“It is human nature that has to be taught somewhat intentionally and deliberately: justice, prudence, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, love — all the qualities of heart and mind that place us above our animal nature.”
Wendell Berry (b. 1934) is a poet, novelist, social critic, and farmer in Port Royal, Kentucky. Among the most respected American humanists of our day, Berry is notably distrustful of technology and a fierce advocate for agrarian values. Berry has won numerous awards including the National Humanities Medal, the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle, and the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. Berry served as the Jefferson Lecturer in 2012 at the invitation of the National Endowment for the Humanities.