Posted February 20, 2007
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the book “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change” will give a lecture on the same topic at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. Growing out of a groundbreaking three-part series in The New Yorker, “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change” attempts to bring the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how the planet can be saved. She explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, 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, in an eerie foreshadowing, are watching their worlds disappear.
“Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change” was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by the New York Times Book Review.
Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. She has written dozens of pieces for the magazine, including profiles of Senator Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” appeared in The New Yorker in the spring of 2005, and has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine award, as well as the 2006 National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category.
She has also been awarded a Lannan Writing Fellowship (2006). Her 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.” A collection of her work, 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 Williamstown, Mass., with her husband and three sons.
Her lecture is sponsored by the ISU Cultural Affairs Committee.
Admission is free, but to guarantee admission a ticket can be picked up in advance at the Pond Student Union Information Desk from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.