Three writers, Scott Burns, Amitav Ghosh, and Elizabeth Kolbert will discuss on October 20 how the art of storytelling has failed to take on the climate crisis and its attendant catastrophes — and how that might change. The discussion will be available online later via a link for those who were unable to attend the event when it happened.
Who are the writers?
Burns was the screenwriter of the 2011 film ”Contagion,” a prescient depiction of a pandemic that highlighted many of the institutional failures seen during the current coronavirus outbreak,
Brooklyn-based Ghosh focused his most recent fiction and non-fiction books, ”Gun Island” and ”The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable,” on climate change and its devastating effects.
A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, Kolbert’s most recent book, ”The Sixth Extinction,” detailed the current extinction crisis and received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2015.
Ghosh’s most recent book of fiction ”Gun Island” drew on climate change and the resulting stories of human migration. Prior to that, his non-fiction book ”The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable” focused on modern literature’s failure to address climate change.
Kolbert is a visiting fellow at the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College in western Massachusetts
Don’t forget: Watch later: This program will be recorded and the recording will be available via links soon after.