November 21, 2:00 pm (date changed)

Infinite City: Mapping Trees, Love, Time, Butterflies, Crimes, Salmon, Zen and Practically Everything Else
with Rebecca Solnit, Rev. Furyu Nancy Schroeder and Derek Hitchcock

*co-presented with Headlands Center for the Arts

What makes a place? Rebecca Solnit will talk about mapping twenty-two of the countless versions of San Francisco (or any city), about cartography, geography, imagination, and the coexistence of many worlds in one place and then focus on one particular map, which pairs the topics of salmon migration through the waters of the Bay Area and the migration of Soto Zen Buddhism throughout the region and beyond. The talk is based on Infinite City, Solnit’s brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, a collaboration of maps, essays, and other forms of information with cartographers, artists, writers, researchers, and local scholars, some of whom will be on hand to join in discussion.

Large-scale projections of all the maps will be on view throughout the afternoon. Copies of Infinite City will also be available for purchase.

Solnit's 2PM talk takes place as part of Alternative Cartographies, a day-long program at Headlands Center for the Arts from noon till 5PM featuring artists, writers, activists, and you. Free, open-to-the-public activities throughout the afternoon include projections of maps from Infinite City. In Project Space, Headlands' open-process studios, Seher Shah’s drawings use architectural space as a metaphor for interior worlds and also deal with the idea of objects as intrusions in landscapes, while Richard T. Walker provides visitors unique perspectives on the vistas available from the studio. In between studio visits, stop by Headlands' Mess Hall Cafe for an organic meal or beverage. Learn more at

Rebecca Solnit is an activist, historian and writer who lives in San Francisco. Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, her thirteenth book, due out from UC Press in November, was made with the aid of cartographers, a designer, and 27 artists and writers, along with local experts on everything from labor history to butterfly territories. Her twelfth book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, came out in 2009. The previous eleven include 2007's Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art; River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A contributing editor to Harper's, she frequently writes for the political site

Rev. Furyu Nancy Schroeder, a resident at San Francisco Zen Center for over 30 years is currently the Director of Family Programs at Green Gulch Farm, where she lives with her partner and teenage daughter. She was recently appointed as a Trustee to the Marin Community Foundation by the Marin Interfaith Council Board of Directors.

Derek Hitchcock is a sixth generation northern Californian who grew up on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in the watershed of the Yuba River, outside the town of Nevada City, CA. Educated at UC Berkeley, Derek worked internationally for a decade conducting original ecological research and working with communities on environmental issues. 5 years ago he returned to his home region to engage in the life-long process of becoming indigenous to this place, initially working for the North Fork Mono Indian Tribe in the upper San Joaquin River, before having the opportunity to work in his native Yuba Watershed.

Seher Shah creates large-scale drawings that explore the relationship between iconic architectural spaces and universal geometric symbolism. She trained as an architect, perfecting skills in perspective drawing and line work that are fully evident in her drawings and prints. Shah’s work references Islamic iconography, appropriating images from the history of India and Pakistan, and American and European conceptual art. Shah's work is collected by the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and the Queens Museum, Queens, NY. Shah has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

Richard T. Walker’s films, photographic works, and performances take on solitude, human nature, and dialogue as their subject. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, screenings, and performances in Europe, Japan, China, and the United States. He has had recent solo shows at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Angels Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.



in partnership with and hosted by

Headlands Center for the Arts

Bldg. 944
Sausalito, CA