Elizabeth Kolbert: "Welcome to the Anthropocene: Lecture II - What Can We Do About It?"

Apr 29, 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 Geoscience
  • 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:  In the second lecture, Elizabeth Kolbert will consider the human response to human domination of the planet. What steps will we take to counteract the effects of our (in many cases inadvertent) interventions in the biological and geochemical systems that support life? Some possibilities include: genetically engineering organisms to suit a rapidly changing world and re-engineering the atmosphere to offset global warming. Is it possible to, in effect, control for our own control? Or does it merely represent a new kind of hazard?” 

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. 


Iain McCalman - Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney, and former Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute

Robert O. Keohane - Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus, Princeton University


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