Writer, environmental activist to speak at Clark for public dialogue on climate change

Writer and environmental activist Rebecca Solnit Writer and environmental activist Rebecca Solnit

The Higgins School of Humanities at Clark University will kick off its popular dialogue symposium series with a talk by award-winning writer and environmental activist Rebecca Solnit, titled “Stories for Hot Weather: In Between Impossible and Easy, Between Despair and Denial.” Her talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in Room 320of the Jefferson Academic Center, at Woodland and Main St.

Solnit will discuss the ways society faces up to and addresses climate change. “Our society has changed astonishingly in the past half-century, and most of what is best about those changes came from grassroots movements, from marginal people, from passionate individuals, and from those moments in which private citizens came into public life and power through civil society,” said Amy Richter, professor of history and director of the Higgins School of Humanities. “But, to change the world, we need to change the story.”

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Solnit is the author of 15 books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and memory, including “Men Explain Things to Me” (Haymarket Books 2014); “The Faraway Nearby” (Viking 2013); “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster” (Viking 2009); and “River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West” (Viking 2003) for which she received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and the Mark Lynton History Prize. Solnit also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan literary fellowship, and two NEA fellowships for Literature. In 2010, the Utne Reader listed her as one of the “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Solnit is a contributing editor to Harper's and a frequent contributor to the political site TomDispatch.com.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future initiative. A conversation between Solnit and members of the Council will take place after the talk.