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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Thursday Evening Guest Speaker: Rebecca Solnit

"Devils In the Details: Photographs, Maps, Words, Truths, and Adventures from Yosemite to New Orleans"

Thursday, March 12 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Celestin Ballroom

Maps and photographs have a kind of specificity that undermines generalizations and vaguenesses, and they deal in particular kinds of truth. Rebecca Solnit, who's been an independent nonfiction writer since 1988, has long identified the possibilities, responsibilities, and powers of a medium she's always strongly associated with photography (while thinking of painting and fiction as equally paired). Showing maps of New Orleans, photographs from her work with Byron Wolfe and Mark Klett, and talking about the ways we describe place and the frictions between generalizations and specific data, Solnit will explore the relationships between the three media and celebrate the powers of describing the world as it is.


Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit


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