Date & Time 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event Location 
Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
Event Description 

A cultural historian, Rebecca Solnit will speak on "Crossing the Public/Private Divide," exploring how the boundaries between public and private life are policed and how they break open in crises such as natural disasters and during moments of dissent such as the Occupy movement.

San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. They include November 2010’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, a book of 22 maps and nearly 30 collaborators; last year’s A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, and many others, including Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award).

"Crossing Borders" Theme for January Term 2012

January Term is a special opportuntiy for students to explore what traditional semesters cannot so bodly accomplish.  In Jan Term we go beyond the standard curriculum and its constraints to offer courses and events that allow all of us to engage tradition in new ways, to forward new ideas, to explore topics in great detail and to provide for flexible inquiry challenging the ordinary.

Event Contact 

Paul Ebenkamp; Jan Term Coordinator at

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