Lind Speaker Series: Elizabeth Kolbert

FEBRUARY 12TH, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Venue: Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC, 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. Please find a map to the theatre here.

An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert: On The Sixth Extinction

A mass extinction event 65 million years ago killed off the dinosaurs, along with three quarters of the species on earth. Today, the world is changing the world so rapidly that scientists fear another extinction event– the sixth extinction — is underway. What does this mean for people and for the millions of other species who share our planet?

The Phil Lind Initiative 2019 series will explore the theme of “America and the Climate Crisis” in Term 2 at UBC with some of the foremost intellectuals on the climate crisis.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, among other titles.

Students, alumni, faculty members, staff, and community members are all welcome to join in this signature event hosted by the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Reserve tickets here.


Bio from Lind Initiative:

Elizabeth 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 ground-breaking three-part series in The New Yorker, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet. 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. Her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category.

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. 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.