March 2, 2022

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Science Writer and Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert to be Featured Speaker for Free ‘Contemporary Conversations Series’ on Saturday, March 5

Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History, will be the featured speaker for the free “Contemporary Conversations Series” of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Ms. Kolbert will participate in a virtual conversation on climate change and how habits and decisions can make an impact.

The conversation will be moderated by Adriana Hochberg, climate change officer for Montgomery County and acting director for the Department of Environmental Protection.

Ms. Kolbert is the author of several books about the environment (including Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future and Field Notes from a Catastrophe) as well as many articles that have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue and Mother Jones. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Heinz Award that recognizes individuals who are addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities and natural processes on the environment.

“This is a timely topic since Montgomery County is committed, through its Climate Action Plan, to implement strategies to reduce climate-related risk to its residents, businesses and the built and natural environments,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “We are looking forward to a dynamic conversation between Elizabeth Kolbert and Adriana Hochberg that will engage and inspire residents to collectively continue building a healthy, equitable and resilient community.”

Registration for the event is required. Participants must be signed into Zoom to attend this program via the web. Create a free Zoom account at

The Contemporary Conversations series is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.