Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT
Scott Z. Burns is the screenwriter of the 2011 film Contagion, an eerily prescient depiction of a pandemic that highlighted many of the same institutional failures seen during the current coronavirus outbreak. He also wrote The Report, about the CIA’s coverup of the use of torture after 9/11, and The Laundromat, which focuses on the story behind the Panama Papers. He also produced the climate-focused documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
Amitav 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, also the subject of many of the author’s newspaper and magazine opinion pieces. Ghosh has won awards internationally for both fiction and non-fiction, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Jnanpith award, making him the first Indian writer in English to receive the prestigious Indian literary award.
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her most recent book The Sixth Extinction received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2015. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, and has received a Heinz Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Academies communications award. Kolbert is a visiting fellow at the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College.
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