Marlboro College

News Author Elizabeth Kolbert Discusses Climate Change at Marlboro College, April 9

MARLBORO, VT— (March 24, 2008) —Marlboro College will host a lecture by journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert, Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Ragle Hall at the Serkin Center for the Performing Arts.

bookKolbert’s book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change, was selected as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year in 2006 by The New York Times Book Review, while the Los Angeles Times called it “the clearest view yet of the biggest catastrophe we have ever faced.”

The book grew out of Kolbert’s three-part series in The New Yorker, which was awarded the 2005 National Magazine Award in the Public Interest category. Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland to explore the effects of global warming firsthand, drawing frightening parallels to lost civilizations and presenting the personal stories of the people who live near the poles and are losing their homes.

A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999, Kolbert has written multiple pieces for thekolbert magazine, including profiles on Senator Hilary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and a collection of her work, The Prophet of Love and Other Tales of Power and Deceit was published in 2004. She was awarded the Lannan Writing Fellowship in 2006. She currently lives in Williamstown, MA with her husband and three sons.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of Field Notes from a Catastrophe will be on sale in the lobby before and after the presentation. Marlboro College’s “On the Record” series of lectures, presentations and performances celebrates the college’s 60th anniversary. More information about these and other future events can be found at

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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