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New York Times Climate Change Expert Speaks During Earth Week. Thursday, April 20, 2006

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Environmental author and journalist Andrew Revkin will present "The Daily Planet: On the Front-Lines of Climate Change, from the North Pole to the Beltway" on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Blodgett Auditorium as a part of Vassar's celebration of Earth Week. This event is free and open to the public.

An award-winning journalist and author, Revkin has spent 20 years covering subjects ranging from murder in the Amazon to the political clash over global warming.
Since 1995, he has been a reporter for The New York Times and was a part of the Times' Pulitzer-winning "Nation Challenged" team and a contributor to the best-selling book drawn from the coverage. His talk at Vassar will "describe lessons learned in 20 years of covering climate science and politics, and offer a game-plan for breaking the current deadlock on how to limit dangers from warming."

His publications include The Burning Season, which won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Burning Season was the basis for the HBO film of the same name, starring Raul Julia and directed by John Frankenheimer. The film won two Golden Globes and two Emmys'. Former Vice President Al Gore praised Revkin's Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast by saying it "masterfully presents the problem and powerfully calls each of us to action." The book was the companion volume to the first museum exhibition on climate change, created by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Revkin received a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has written for Discover, the Los Angeles Times, Science Digest, The New Yorker, Audubon, Conde Nast Traveler, and other magazines. His articles have won many journalism awards, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has lectured frequently on writing and the environment at colleges across the country and has discussed environmental issues on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, and CNN.

The student organization Vassar Greens, the Environmental Studies Department and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater are sponsoring this event. For more information, please contact Anna Wills, Co-Chair of Vassar Greens, at (267) 229-2315. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, April 10, 2006