Apr 13, 2017, 5PM

Art, Disaster, Utopia: Penn Humanities Forum Keynote Lecture by Rebecca Solnit


The Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to co-present Art, Disaster, Utopia, a keynote lecture by the writer, historian, and environmental and human rights activist Rebecca Solnit.

The lecture—co-presented by ICA, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities—is one of two keynote lectures in “An Ectopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene,” a three-day conference presented by the Penn Humanities Forum.

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, she will speak to the broad concerns of the PHF conference—art, environment, utopia—drawing on her own highly distinctive toolkit as an author, activist, historian, and artist.

This event will be held in the Harrison Auditorium at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA). The lecture is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Register here.