Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Rebecca Solnit on Civil Society, the Phoenix in the Ruins: Disaster, Carnival, Revolution, and Public Joy /
  • Lecture
  • 2/29/2012
  • 19:30-21:00
  • Spooner Hall
  • Host: The Commons
Event Description
Do we return to our original nature in chaos and crisis? That's been the theory of disaster management (and Hollywood disaster movies), but what if our original nature is calm, openhearted, generous, and creative? Rebecca Solnit has studied and written about major disasters and reached conclusions that are relevant not only to emergencies but to larger questions about our deepest desires and greatest possibilities. She is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory.