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Lec­tures on learn­ing in the dig­i­tal age and the Colorado River

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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.

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