What: Portland States's Literary Arts Council, Speaker's Board and English department present award-winning writer Rebecca Solnit, known as one of the nation's most provocative activist writers. Solnit will offer a talk on her writing life and the potentially controversial subjects she takes on.
"Always insightful, [Solnit's] essays offer many shrewd observations
about the social, political and cultural landscape of contemporary
America," wrote a recent reviewer in Booklist, while a Los Angeles
Times reviewer noted that, "Solnit's intelligent meditations may awaken
us from our self- congratulatory coma. [Her] mind is fertile,
wide-ranging and capable of integrating the bewildering deluge of fact,
political delusion, flights of genius, inconceivable danger and cunning
deceit that [have] characterized the nuclear age."
When: Tuesday, April 15. The talk begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Smith Memorial Union, room 236 (1825 SW Broadway).
Cost: The talk is free to PSU students, staff and faculty.
Contact: For more information contact Debra Gwartney at 503-725-8978.
Background: Solnit is known for confronting edgy topics on landscape and
geography, environment, politics and visual culture. She is the author
of 12 books, including Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for
Politics, published in 2007. Other titles include A Field Guide to
Getting Lost (2005); Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild
Possibilities (2004); and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the
Technological Wild West (2003), which won a Guggenheim in its research
phase and, after publication, several major awards, including the
National Book Critics Circle Award.
Solnit is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine, a columnist
for Orion magazine and a longtime contributor to Tomdispatch.com. She
is a recent recipient of a prestigious Lannan Foundation Literary Award.