CSU, Chico News

Book Discussion Group on ‘Field Notes on Catastrophe’ Begins Wednesday

Date: 02-17-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Greg Liggett
Northern California Natural History Museum

In preparation for journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert’s talk at California State University, Chico, the Northern California Natural History Museum (NCNHM) joins the Rawlins Environmental Professorship, the On the Creek Lecture Series and Chico Performances in presenting a series of book discussions. This four-part series on Kolbert’s book, “Field Notes on Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change,” begins this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble.

Kolbert will speak in Laxson Auditorium on Wednesday, March 11. Kolbert is a climate journalist who writes for The New Yorker. Her pieces on climate change were collected in her book. “She has taken a topic that many people think of as an impersonal collection of hurricanes, spreading deserts, and rising oceans—or perhaps as two lines crossing on a graph some decades from now—and given it a human face, and, as important, given it urgency,” said Denis Hayes, chair of the International Earth Day Network and president of the Bullitt Foundation, a funding organization whose mission is to “safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest.”

Dean Jim Houpis, College of Natural Sciences, and Jim Pushnik, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, will lead the first discussion on Wednesday. They will talk about “Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change.”

The schedule for remaining discussions and Kolbert’s visit is below. All of the one-hour discussions begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Barnes and Noble.

Feb. 25 “Implications of Climate Change—Ocean Temperatures and Fisheries,” led by Matt Change, PhD, Department of Agriculture

Mar. 4 “Climate Change and Impacts on Civilizations,” led by Bill Collins, PhD, Department of Anthropology

Mar. 11 Elizabeth Kolbert at CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium (tickets available through the University Box Office)

Mar. 18 “Renewable Energy: What It Can Do for You,” led by Cristina Archer, PhD, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Greg Liggett, director, NCMHM, at 530-898-4121.