Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Andrea Barnet, Author of Visionary Women

Please join us on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Andrea Barnet, author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, to our Speaker Series.

Change is sometimes sparked by unexpected characters—outsiders whose clarity of vision and strength of purpose can catalyze a revolution.  Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World is the story of four renegades who profoundly shaped the world we live in today.  Together these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.  Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

With a keen eye for detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how the work of these visionaries collectively changed the course of history.  While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties.  At a time of enormous societal upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950’s corporate culture and its war on nature.  Consummate outsiders, they each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.

All told their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.

About the author: Andrea Barnet is the author of the recently published Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, and a previous book, All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, where she wrote primarily on the arts and culture, with a special concentration on biographies of early twentieth century literary figures. Her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Mirabella and Working Mother, among other venues. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White.



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