Environmental Humanities: Disaster and Environmental Justice

Event Description:

We are pleased and excited to announce the first event of the On Being Human Event Series and the Environmental Humanities Event Series. Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and staff writer for The New Yorker, as she and, NYU Sociology Professor Eric Klinenberg address the pressing themes of disaster and environmental justice. This event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth 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 won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine award. Also in 2006, she received the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category and was awarded a Lannan Writing Fellowship. In September 2010, Kolbert received the prestigious Heinz Award which recognizes individuals who are addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities and natural processes on the environment. She has also been awarded a 2010 National Magazine Award in the Reviews and Criticism category for her work in the New Yorker, and the Sierra Club's 2011 David R. Brower Award. She recently won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field, was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year. The Sixth Extinction also won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014.

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and Research Director for the federal Rebuild By Design competition. He is the author, with Aziz Ansari, of the international bestseller Modern Romance, and author of the critically acclaimed books Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012), Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002). In addition to his scholarly publications, and he has contributed to The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineRolling StoneLe Monde DiplomatiqueThe London Review of Books, and This American Life(NPR).

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held on the 7th floor of 20 Cooper Square.

Registration for this event is closed.