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"Art, Disaster, Utopia" Keynote Lecture by Rebecca Solnit for Ecotopian Toolkit

  • Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)
 "Bartram's Robot" by Mason Rosenthal. Photograph by Austin Bream. 

"Bartram's Robot" by Mason Rosenthal. Photograph by Austin Bream. 

Rebecca Solnit, writer, historian, environmental and human rights activist, gives the first keynote lecture, "Art Disaster, Utopia" for the Ecotopian Toolkit for Anthropocene Challenges conference. 

How might we translate natural and manmade disasters into opportunities for changed states of mind infused with utopian hope? This is one of the challenging questions Rebecca Solnit poses in her recent work. Eclectic, brilliant, widely celebrated, Solnit is an inspiration for people around the world. In her keynote address at the Penn Humanities Forum, she will speak to the broad concerns of this week’s conference-art, environment, utopia-drawing on her own highly distinctive toolkit as an author, activist, historian, and artist.

The lecture will take place at Harrison Auditorium in the Penn Museum from 5-6:30pm. For more information about the conference, visit our official website. 

Presented by the Penn Humanities Forum and Institute of Contemporary Art