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Climate change activist speaks at Loyola Jan. 9

Loyola press release - December 10, 2012

Ever wonder what life as an activist would be like? A lecture Jan. 9 sponsored by the Loyola University New Orleans Environment Program offers a rare peek into that exciting world through the eyes of well-known environmental activist and writer Rebecca Solnit. She will highlight some of her life experiences of working on environmental and human rights campaigns since the 1980s during the lecture at 7 p.m. in Loyola’s Nunemaker Hall, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Solnit’s talk, "The Speed of Thoughts: Parades, Marches, Strolls, and Other Journeys Through Places and Ideas," will draw connections between urban landscapes such as New Orleans and the wilder sides of the region. Attendees will “stroll along” with Solnit as she discusses how people behave in the face of environmental disasters. In fact, a recent op-ed by Solnit focuses on one such disaster, Hurricane Sandy, and its relationship to climate change.

The San Francisco resident has authored 13 books, including 2010’s “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas,” “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster” as well as “Wanderlust: A History of Walking.” Her perspective as a nonacademic intellectual serves as an alternative model for students, faculty and others.

The event is also co-sponsored by the English department, Women’s Resource Center, Women’s Studies Program, School of Mass Communication, Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability, Sustainability Committee and the Center for Environmental Communication.