Solnit named A. D. White Professor-at-Large

News
September 9, 2009

Cultural critic Rebecca Solnit is a new A. D. White Professor-at-Large, appointed to a six-year term through June 2015. Solnit writes about such subjects as landscape, politics, emerging technologies, place and society. Solnit is also an activist concerned with the environment and environmental and social justice.

"Rebecca Solnit's work is remarkably broad and creative, spanning the sciences, arts and humanities," said Steven Strogatz, program chair and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics.

Solnit is also an activist concerned with the environment and environmental and social justice. Her 12 books include "Storming the Gates of Paradise"; "A Field Guide to Getting Lost"; "Hope in the Dark"; "Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities"; "Wanderlust: A History of Walking" and "As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art." She has won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, the Lannan Literary Award, as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award.

Professor Jean Locey, art, will be Solnit's faculty host throughout the appointment. Solnit is likely to make her first visit to Ithaca during the 2010-11 academic year.

Also named a professor-at-large was Jeffrey McNeely, chief scientist for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.