San Francisco writer, historian, activist speaks at GVSU Nov. 14

Rebecca Solnit Seeing the Invisible: Journeys Through the Overlooked, Unheard, Outside, and Insurrectionary

lecture2016-rebecca-solnitWhen: Monday, Nov. 14, 7 pm

Where: 2nd Floor, L.V. Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 301 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI

FREE and open to the public

Lecture is followed by book signing and reception

Rebecca Solnit’s recent, Men Explain Things to Me, is credited with launching the term “mansplaining” and has been labeled “a touchstone of the feminist movement.”


Her other titles include subjects such as a natural history of walking, what she calls “the crisis of urbanism,” and two creative atlases that reimagine how cities are mapped.


“Solnit’s writing,” one critic noted, “is born of intense reverie and deep reading, passionate inquiry and political defiance. She is a lyric quester for the texture of everyday life.”


Solnit is the recipient of many awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is also a frequent contributor to the political site and a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine, where she is the first woman to regularly write the Easy Chair column that was founded in 1851.