Matt Hern: Sports, Creativity, and the Radical Imagination
Lecture: Matt Hern, Sports, Creativity, and the Radical Imagination
Date: December 4, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The New Foundation Seattle | 312 2nd Avenue South, Seattle
From Ray Rice to Michael Sam to Caster Semenya to the Washington Redskins sports is always front-and-center in our most pressing social conversations. Often derided as a subaltern opiate, sports need to be understood as containing huge social and cultural power, and possibilities that are condescended to at our peril. For many of us, sports, as both spectators and participants, is the very best site for confronting race, sex, gender and class privileges.
Matt argues for a vastly expanded definition of creativity that includes sports for sure, but also all kinds of everyday and common activities. Radical social change relies on our imaginations, and we need to be nurturing every kind of creative activity, especially material collisions, as we make and remake the world around us.
Matt Hern is a former sportswriter and legend-in-his-own-mind athlete. His articles and books have been published on all six continents and translated into ten languages. He teaches at a variety of universities, lectures globally, and continues to organize in East Vancouver where he lives with his partner, daughters, cats and chickens.