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Kentucky native Wendell Barry delivered a prestigious lecture in the nation's capital last evening. And he used the address to rail against corporate greed and to call people back to the land.  

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Kentucky poet, farmer and activist Wendell Berry will be honored in Washington D.C. tonight as the 41st Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities. The honor is the highest one the government bestows in the humanities. Over his long career, Berry has written fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He’s also a farmer and environmentalist, and most recently has channeled his activism into protesting mountaintop removal coal mining. National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach says besides being a wonderful poet and prose writer, Berry’s lifestyle makes him a modern-day Henry David Thoreau.

Kentucky author, farmer and environmental activist Wendell Berry has been named the 41st Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities. As part of the award, Berry will deliver a lecture on April 23 in Washington, DC.  The speech’s title is “It All Turns on Affection,” and in it Berry will discuss human beings’ interaction with nature.