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Elizabeth Kolbert

The Nature of the Future


The McKnight Foundation


Copper Street Brass

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This Forum will be IN-PERSON. Please join us at Westminster. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Music will start at 11:30 a.m.. Our speaker will begin at 12 p.m.

Parking is available at Westminster for $10.

About Elizabeth Kolbert

One way to look at human civilization is as a 10,000-year experiment in defying nature. Can new human interventions in nature save us from the worst of climate change? That’s the key question in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book, Under a White Sky. In it, she profiles engineers turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland, Australian researchers developing “super coral” to withstand extreme temperatures, and scientists exploring shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth.

Kolbert won the Pulitzer Prize for her book The Sixth Extinction, which described in vivid detail destructive ways humans have reshaped the natural world. In her Town Hall Forum she will talk about how human interventions may be our only climate hope.  

Copies of Under a White Sky will be available for purchase at the April 6 Forum.

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The Town Hall Forum will broadcast on this page of the website, and also on our Facebook page. It will also be archived here for future viewing!


The spring 2022 season of the Town Hall Forum will be broadcast as a special week of programs on Minnesota Public Radio, April 25 – 29, each day at noon. You can listen at 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities or at MPRNew.org.