Lectures on learning in the digital age and the Colorado River
Rivers of data
With the speed of technology ever increasing and the destruction of the environment seemingly on a similar path (albeit somewhat slower), life can feel a little like hurtling toward the sun while desperately trying to stay ahead of the pack as we feel nostalgic for a simpler time. This era of mixed metaphors and cognitive dissonance is personified in two presentations this weekend.
On Friday, Oct. 5, Peter Smith reads from and discusses his new book, Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education (SelectBooks). Smith, a recognized expert in educational innovations, presents higher-education degree options for adults who never attended or completed college but who have gained significant relevant experience and developed potential academic interests over their lifetimes.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, photographer Mark Klett and author Rebecca Solnit discuss their collaborative monograph, Drowned River: The Death & Rebirth of Glen Canyon on the Colorado,
published by Radius Books, with David Chickey, Radius’ creative director. The project, on which they embarked alongside photographer Byron Wolfe, revisits and responds to photographs made by Eliot Porter in 1963, after the waters rose behind the Glen Canyon Dam and 170 miles of the Colorado River effectively disappeared. Now, as water becomes a scarcer commodity in the American West, the river has re-emerged.
— Jennifer Levin
Peter Smith reads from and discusses Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St.).
Radius Books presents “Drowned River: The Death &
Rebirth of the Colorado River,” a conversation with Mark Klett, Rebecca Solnit, and David Chickey, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, at SITE Santa Fe’s Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium (1606 Paseo de Peralta). There is no charge for admission but space is limited; email megan@radiusbooks .org to reserve.