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Santagata Lecture: 'A Paradise Built in Hell' Author Rebecca Solnit Nov. 2

Story posted October 26, 2009

Rebecca Solnit.

Award-winning author Rebecca Solnit will deliver the College's Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, November 2, 2009, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

Solnit will deliver a talk titled "A Paradise Built in Hell: Private Emotion and Public Life," based on her latest book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster (Viking, 2009).

The lecture is open to the public and admission is free. A book signing will follow in Drake Lobby. For more information call 725-3257.

A prolific, acclaimed writer and noted social critic, Rebecca Solnit's writing explores the political dimensions of art and the environment, the artistic elements of nature and politics, and how these relationships shape human and natural communities over time and space.

In a recent New York Times review of A Paradise Built in Hell, Solnit is described as the "kind of rugged, off-road public intellectual America doesn't produce often enough."

Rebecca Solnit's other books include Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, and Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Her 2001 book, As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

Bowdoin College's Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1982 by family and friends of Kenneth V. Santagata, Bowdoin class of 1973, to provide one lecture each semester from among the fields of arts, humanities, or social sciences. The lecturers are recognized authorities in their fields who present new, novel, or non-conventional approaches to their subjects.

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