Fimmtudag 11. febrúar

Bein útsending

The Slow Road to Sudden Change: 
In Praise of Incrementalism 

Fyrirlestur /  Q&A
Lengd: 60 mínútur
Tungumál: enska

Kynnir og viðmælandi er Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir rektor Listaháskóla Íslands. Spurt og svarað með Rebeccu Solnit í lok viðtals.

Rebecca Solnit er margverðlaunaður bandarískur rithöfundur og fjallar um samfélagsbreytingar, 
femínisma, samfélagsþróun sem skrifar þvert á heimspeki, listfræði og skáldskap.

Thursday 11th February
4 PM

Live Stream

The Slow Road to Sudden Change: 
In Praise of Incrementalism 

Lecture /  Q&A
Duration: 60 minutes
Language: English

Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir, Rector of the IUA. Q&A with Rebecca Solnit at the end. 

With an introduction by Fríða Björk.

After a rain, mushrooms may seem to suddenly appear in the landscape, but they are only the fruiting body of a fungus that was growing underground. An earthquake likewise seems sudden, but relieves tension built up over decades or centuries. Social and political change likewise makes the news when something dramatic happens, but what they report on is often the culmination of a long process of change in ideas, shifts in power, building of movements. Just as we are taught to look at the sudden rather than the slow, we are taught to value individual heroes over the groundswells of movements and the muscle of violence rather than the power of persuasion and imagination. This is a talk in praise of all those slow, indirect, underground forces when they show up as turning points—and are at work before or after.

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and urban history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and catastrophe. Her books include Recollections of My Nonexistence; Hope in the Dark; The Faraway Nearby; Men Explain Things to Me; and A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she writes regularly for the Guardian and Lithub and serves on the board of the climate group Oil Change International.