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‘Field Notes from a Catastrophe’ Author to Speak

Feb 25, 2009

Elizabeth Kolbert, respected journalist and author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change," will speak at Ohio Northern University on Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. A book signing and reception will take place after the presentation. In addition to speaking, Kolbert will spend the day on campus meeting with students majoring in environmental studies, professional writing and journalism.

"Field Notes from a Catastrophe" was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, visiting top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. She brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.

Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. "Field Notes from a Catastrophe" evolved from her three-part series, "The Climate of Man," which appeared in The New Yorker in spring 2005. For her groundbreaking work, Kolbert has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine award, as well as the 2006 National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category. A collection of her work, "The Prophet of Love and Other Tales of Power and Deceit," was published in 2004.

This event is part of Polar Bear Nation, a year-long campaign to raise awareness of climate change and its effects on the polar bear.

Sponsored in part by a generous donation from Barnes & Noble Inc., this event is free and open to the public.

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