'Field Notes' author Elizabeth Kolbert to discuss climate challenges

Elizabeth KolbertElizabeth Kolbert, author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe,” will discuss the book and the consequences of climate change in a free talk Tuesday, March 17, at SUNY Oswego.

The book is this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative selection for campus-wide reading. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

In “Field Notes from a Catastrophe,” Kolbert travels to far-flung locations where consequences of global warming are already in evidence. “Kolbert is not a scientist, but she reports regularly on science, and she may well have talked to every researcher on the planet studying global warming,” Scientific American magazine noted.

Kolbert worked as a reporter for the New York Times from 1984 to 1999. She has since been a staff writer for the New Yorker, where she received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006. 

She studied literature at Yale University and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Universitat-Hamburg in Germany.

The book and talk also tie into SUNY Oswego’s sustainability focus. President Deborah F. Stanley signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in spring 2007.

While the event is free as a result of sponsorship from SUNY Oswego’s Student Association Programming Board, Office of the Provost and Auxiliary Services, tickets are required due to demand. For more information or tickets, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu or visit http://tickets.oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Feb 25, 2009)

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