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Elizabeth Kolbert
Journalist and Author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change

"Science, Politics, and Climate Change"
Humanities Lecture Series

Mon., Sep. 13, 2010, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

*Co-sponsored by Kansas Public Radio.

Elizabeth Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland and visited top scientists in her quest to find the truth about global warming. What she found were strong indications that the world was on the verge of a "climate regime . . . with which modern humans have had no prior experience." Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker, published her findings in Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006).

In this Humanities Lecture Series talk, "Science, Politics, and Climate Change," she cuts through the competing rhetoric and political agendas to elucidate climate change and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet. She explains the science and the studies, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most the people who make their homes near the poles and are watching their worlds disappear.

Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. Her stories for the magazine include political profiles, book reviews, comment pieces, and extensive writing on climate change. "The Climate of Man," an award-winning three-part series of essays that preceded Field Notes, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award and the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award. Field Notes was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2006.

Kolbert's writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Political Writing. In 2006, she won a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her first book, The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit, was published in 2004. Prior to joining the staff of The New Yorker, Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times. She is a graduate of Yale University and now lives in Massachusetts.

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