bookWCAB Special Book Club with Professor Jay Turner

 

 
 
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
When: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Registration at 6:30pm; Program starts at 7:00pm
Location: Wellesley College -  Founders 120

Cost: Free for WCAB Members; $5 for Non-Members

 
Refreshments will be provided.
 
Join us as Professor of Environmental Studies, Jay Turner, leads what is sure to be a fascinating discussion about Elizabeth Kolbert's Pulitzer Prize winning The Sixth Extinction. Professor Turner is a researcher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including public lands, climate change, and science and technology. He is currently researching the environmental history of batteries.
 
We look forward to bringing together a diverse group of alumnae for this fourth event in a series of book discussions. 
 
"A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human." - Amazon


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