Betsy Kolbert

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

As a staff writer for The New Yorker, Elizabeth has profiled Giuliani, Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton and more.

Growing out of a ground-breaking three-part series in The New Yorker (which won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the category Public Interest), her award-winning book Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change brings the environment into focus for the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet. Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. 

Field Notes was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review. She is currently at work on a new book about mass extinctions that will weave intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field.

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and have been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Political Writing. She edited The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009. A collection of her work, The Prophet of Love and Other Tales of Power and Deceit, was published in 2004. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times. Elizabeth Kolbert lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

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