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Rebecca Solnit to Present Mumford Lecture at CCNY, April 2

Writer, historian and urbanist Rebecca Solnit will be the 2015 Mumford Lecture guest speaker at CCNY, April 2.
Rebecca Solnit, the distinguished writer, historian, activist and urbanist, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at The City College of New York, Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. Her talk, in CCNY’s Great Hall in Shepard Hall, will be entitled “Atlases against Empire: A Woman Measures the City."

The author of 15 books on topics ranging from the environment and landscape to art, politics and hope, Solnit will expand on her long project to combine nuanced personal observation and rigorous historical analysis of the ecology of space.  

“Her work has recast the representation and analysis of both cities and “nature,” transcending in myriad subtle ways their false dichotomization,” said Michael Sorkin, Distinguished Professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and founder of the Mumford Lecture series. “A truly great writer, Solnit is unique in her ability to expand the knowledge of how we exist in space and how it lives in us.”

Inaugurated in 2004, the Lewis Mumford Lecture is an annual talk sponsored by the Graduate Program in Urban Design, which Sorkin directs. It invites the world’s most notable urbanists to speak on the state of our cities. 

The lecture honors Lewis Mumford (October 19, 1895 – January 26, 1990), an outstanding historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology and literary critic who attended City College.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.






Jay Mwamba
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