Author Elizabeth Spelman has posited “repair is the creative destruction of brokenness” in her book, Repair: The Impulse to Restore in a Fragile World (Beacon, 2002). Join her to reflect on the myriad ways restoration manifests in our lives, tracing multidisciplinary moments of repair in response to topics as disparate and common as consumerism, capitalism, social and political relations, and humor. This program is planned in conjunction with the exhibit Repair and Design Futures.
Free with admission.
In Repair: The Impulse to Restore in a Fragile World (Beacon 2002), and Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish (Oxford UP, 2016), Elizabeth Spelman explores how deeply reparative activities and questions about waste factor into human interactions. Her many publications include Inessential Woman: Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought (Beacon 1988), a study of implications of intersections among race, gender, and class for feminist theory. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and is Professor of Philosophy at Smith College.