Bedrock Lecture: Heart of the Monster
David James Duncan's talk, "Heart of the Monster,” was produced for the Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change, sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Duncan takes a “show and tell” approach on one of the wild and scenic rivers that was the scene of a peoples’ victory over Big Oil in 2010. He also borrows (with permission) a Nez Perce creation myth to emphasize that there is no such thing as a “Corporate Person.” "Person," David contends, is a vital word that can only designate a human being endowed with a heart, a conscience, and a soul. David also emphasizes that to bring peace, balance, and wholeness to our activist efforts, we need creative, artistic and spiritual practices, and down time in the places we love.
David is the author of The River Why, The Brothers K, River Teeth, My Story as Told by Water, and two fast-response activist books, Citizen’s Dissent (with Wendell Berry) and Heart of the Monster (with Rick Bass). David's work has won three Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Awards, the Western States Book Award, a Lannan Fellowship, an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland, and the American Library Association’s 2004 Award for the Preservation of Intellectual Freedom.