Past Event

“Reporter Nights”: Science Journalism in the Time of COVID-19 with Elizabeth Kolbert

July 21, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join the School of Professional Studies’ M.S. in Sustainability Management program as they continue this dynamic live series exploring the mass media’s coverage of the biggest science story of our lifetime: the COVID-19 pandemic. “I Don’t Believe This”: What Can the COVID-19 Crisis Teach Environmentalists About Communicating the Unimaginable? Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Staff Writer at The New Yorker, and the author of The Sixth Extinction, and Field Notes from a Catastrophe, will speak about the links between the current pandemic and the destruction of the natural world. Ms. Kolbert, whose reports and books have tackled such difficult topics as mass extinctions of wildlife and the impact of global warming on cities, will share her thoughts on how writers can bring difficult subjects to an often disbelieving public. Are some stories too frightening or distant for readers to imagine or accept? To what degree did inadequate and inconsistent science reporting leave the world unprepared for the worst pandemic since 1918? A live stream link will be provided 24 hours in advance. For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or [email protected] Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend an event at Columbia University, please contact Disability Services ([email protected] or 212-854-2388) at least 10 days in advance of the event. Requests for CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) or sign language interpretation require two weeks' notice.

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