Past Event

(Hybrid) Entre Nous: The Anthropocene with Elizabeth Kolbert

January 23, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
online and in-person

HYBRID EVENT | 1:30 pm (New York) | 7:30 pm (Paris)

In-person address: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris

Permanent dark skies in California. Images of a bleached, skeletal Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Amplified calls for alarm from virtually every environmental organization, with noncommittal government response. It is no longer possible to deny that the climate crisis is one of the defining questions of our age. Peering into these scenes of devastation with which we are all too familiar, Elizabeth Kolbert’s Under a White Sky is a dry and disturbing account of human activities which have led to unforeseen chains of disaster. 

As part of the Entre Nous series in collaboration with Columbia Global Centers | Paris and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Kolbert will be discussing* Under a White Sky, with American Library Programs Manager Alice McCrum. Simultaneously a tour through global sites of environmental catastrophe and a study of the conditions which produced them, Kolbert is vivid and alarming in her description of the technological  feats which have irreparably damaged the environment, as well as the technological solutions at our disposal for combatting the climate crisis. Praised for the depth of its research and the clarity of its voice, the book ultimately details the irony of the Anthropocene: that human progress brought us to this point, and that our only possible hope may be to cause more damage than ever before. 

About the speaker:

Elizabeth Kolbert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Kolbert has worked as a journalist for 40 years, writing extensively on environmentalism and climate change, and currently writes for The New Yorker. She was awarded the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017 and served on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board from 2017-2020.

*The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (Kolbert will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

On-site information regarding COVID-19:

In compliance with French regulations, a pass sanitaire is required for all visitors ages 12+. Visitors ages 6+, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks on the premises.