Last Event: Thursday Oct. 20 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Envisioning the Sixth Extinction with Elizabeth Kolbert

ASU welcomes Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert to the Tempe Center for the Arts to present from her latest work, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

In this exclusive lecture, Kolbert will blend natural history, scientific analysis and reporting from the field to show the role human beings have played in climate change, it’s devastating impact on the natural and human worlds, and what — if anything — can be done to save the planet. A Q&A session will take place after the lecture, with a brief reception and book signing to follow. This event is open to the public and free. Individuals are encouraged to RSVP at

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Political Writing. Her latest work, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014.

Kolbert’s presentation is part of the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, an interdisciplinary partnership between the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Center for Science and the Imagination and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives that explores how imagination, storytelling and the arts can merge with scientific inquiry to shape humanity’s response to climate change and create global solutions for the future. More information about the partnership is available online at

Elizabeth Kolbert and book cover

Tempe Center for the Arts

For more information contact:

Jake Friedman
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing