Monday, August 14, 2017 – 5:30pm
Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer at The New Yorker who covers climate change, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and author of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning nonfiction book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, talks about climate change policy and the future of biodiversity.
Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999 and has written extensively on climate change. Her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the National Magazine Award for Public Interest and her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. For her previous book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland and visited top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming, landing the work among the 100 Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. During her time at The New Yorker, Kolbert has written dozens of pieces for the magazine, including profiles of Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In 2006, she received the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category and was awarded a Lannan Writing Fellowship. In September 2010, Kolbert received the prestigious Heinz Award which recognizes individuals who are addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities and natural processes on the environment. She has also been awarded a 2010 National Magazine Award in the Reviews and Criticism category for her work in The New Yorker, and the Sierra Club’s 2011 David R. Brower Award. She recently won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union. Kolbert’s stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue and Mother Jones, and have been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Political Writing. Prior to joining the staff of The New Yorker, Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times.