Elizabeth Kolbert, journalist and author of The sixth extinction: An unnatural history, for which she won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction will deliver the last Contemporary Issues Lecture of the year at 7pm on Wed, Apr 20, in the Irvin L Young Auditorium.
Andersen Library has a copy of The Sixth Extinction (3rd-floor Main Collection, QE721.2.E97 K65 2014), and UWW students and staff also may request copies from other UW campus libraries via the free UW Request service (requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays). A preview is available online via Google Books.
Andersen Library can help you can learn more! Other publications by Kolbert are available, including her book Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature, and climate change (3rd-floor Main Collection, QC981.8.G56 K655 2006) and many articles, such as “Building the ark” (National Geographic, 2013, vol.224:no.4, pp.132-155), “Unnatural selection” (New Yorker, 2016, vol.92:no.10, pp.22-28), “The acid sea” (National Geographic, 2011, vol.219:no.4, pp.100-121), and “Enter the Anthropocene Age of Man” (National Geographic, 2011, vol.219:no.3, pp.60-85).
There are several interviews available online, including these:
- National Public Radio provides an interview with Kolbert from the Fresh Air program, “In the world’s ‘sixth extinction,’ are humans the asteroid?“
- National Geographic published an interview in 2014, “The sixth extinction: A conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert.”
- The Guardian provides an interview from 2014 titled “Elizabeth Kolbert: ‘The whole world is becoming a kind of zoo’” In this interview, she reveals that she
… read a paper in the [Proceedings of the] National Academy of Sciences that set me down this whole road. That came out in 2008 and it was called Are We In the Midst of The Sixth [Mass] Extinction? That was sort of the beginning of this whole project. Then I wrote a piece for the New Yorker called “The Sixth Extinction?“, and it involved amphibian-hunting in Panama. I knew I hadn’t scratched the surface, that there was a book there.
Ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.