Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 6p | UH Art Auditorium

ElizabethKolbertNotes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change: A Conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert

 A highly acclaimed author and investigative science writer for The New Yorker since 1999, Elizabeth Kolbert speaks passionately about the realities of environmental catastrophe and what can be done in a time of epic changes to our planet. Ms. Kolbert gained national acclaim for her ground-breaking series “The Climate of Man,” published in The New Yorker magazine. The series received awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism and the National Academies of Science, and the Sierra Club’s David R. Brower Award.

Her recent books Field Notes from a Catastrophe and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History continue her hard-hitting, investigative science writing. Drawing upon personal tales of those most affected by global warming, she tells the stories of people near the poles and in the Pacific, and weaves into her analysis the history of lost ancient civilizations. Speaking of the ethics of her work, Kolbert says, “If there is not a moral dimension to leaving a totally impoverished planet to all future generations, I don’t know what that would be.”

Elizabeth Kolbert has received awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Lannan Foundation. She has been praised for her scientific credibility and persuasive, fact-based reporting, and has been compared to Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring for the impact of her work.

More info: Frank Stewart, 956-3059

This free public presentation is made possible by the late Dr. Dai Ho Chun, a distinguished and visionary educator, through his estate gift establishing the Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers at the UH Mānoa Colleges of Arts and Sciences. The lecture is also sponsored by the UH Mānoa College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature, with additional help from the Dai Ho Chun Endowment Selection Committee.