Elizabeth Kolbert: "Welcome to the Anthropocene: Lecture I - What on Earth Have We Done?"

Apr 28, 2022, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
Friend Center, Lecture Hall 101


  • Host: University Center for Human Values
  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
  • School of Public and International Affairs
  • Department of Geosciences
  • Department of Politics
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Princeton Public Lectures
  • Princeton Humanities Council
Open to the public
Event Description

Tanner Lectures on Human Values

ABSTRACT:  Elizabeth Kolbert's first lecture will look at the ways humans are changing the world on a geological scale. In this talk, she will focus on changes to the atmosphere, changes to the chemistry of the oceans, and the rearrangement of the biosphere.

Elizabeth Kolbert is an award-winning journalist and author, best known for her groundbreaking work on climate change and the environment. What began with her travels from Alaska to Greenland and interviews with top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming has grown into an ongoing effort to bring the plight of our planet into the consciousness of the American people through her articles and books. 
Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999, Kolbert’s original series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won a National Magazine Award and became the book “Field Notes from a Catastrophe.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Sixth Extinction” also originated from her environmental journalism work for The New Yorker.  So, too, her most recent book “Under a White Sky.”

Kolbert’s masterful storytelling has been recognized with numerous additional honors, including a National Academies Communications Award, a Heinz Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Blake Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. 


Marcia Bjornerud - Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, Lawrence University

Arun Majumdar - Jay Precourt Professor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Photon Science and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

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