In June, Bryn Mawr announced author Elizabeth Kolbert as the 2014-15 Emily Balch Speaker for first-year students. Kolbert’s latest book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, has been named to the Library Journal’s Best Books in 2014.
Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Her series on global warming, The Climate of Man, from which The Sixth Extinction was adapted, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner. She is also a recipient of a Heinz Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.