One of the nation's most knowledgeable journalists on the subject of global warming is speaking at Williams College tomorrow evening (Feb. 28) and will be previewing her forthcoming book, "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change." Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine who lives in Williamstown, will speak at 8 p.m. in Griffin Hall, Room 7. Her coming book expands on her three-part series in the magazine published last year. "It may be impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing," Kolbert wrote in the last installment of the series, which won an American Association for the Advancement of Science magazine award. One early reviewer of her coming book has compared it to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." Publishers Weekly has given it a starred review, writing: "On the burgeoning shelf of cautionary but occasionally alarmist books warning about the consequences of dramatic climate change, Kolbert's calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity. Kolbert lets facts rather than polemics tell the story." In researching climate change, Kolbert traveled to Alaska and Greenland, interviewing residents who had observed changes occurring close to home and scientists who had compiled sobering evidence of the global warming phenomenon. Prior to joining the New Yorker, Kolbert was a reporter at The New York Times for more than a decade. She served as Albany bureau chief and later wrote a column, Metro Matters, for the Metropolitan Desk. Her book, "The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit," a compilation of articles she published on New York public figures in the New Yorker, was published in 2004.
(Source: Williams College News Release: http://www.williams.edu/admin/news/releases.php?id=1150)