Virtual Event: Hope Jahren

presenting

The Story of More:
How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

in conversation with BARBARA KINGSOLVER

Date

Jul
23
Thursday
July 23, 2020
5:00 PM

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Cabot Science Library welcome HOPE JAHREN—award-winning scientist and author of the bestselling, National Book Critics Circle Award–winning memoir, Lab Girl—for a discussion of her latest book, The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed author and social change advocate BARBARA KINGSOLVER.

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About The Story of More

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth.

In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.

Praise for The Story of More

“Hope Jahren is an awesome writer and scientist. Her new book, The Story of More, is captivating and compelling. She urges readers to be courageous dealing with global environmental changes and human population growth.” —Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

The Story of More is a superb account of the deadly struggle between humanity and what may prove the only life-bearing planet within ten light years, written in a brilliantly sardonic and conversational style.” —E. O. Wilson

“[Hope Jahren] leads us on a journey across time and space, outlining thoughts and beliefs from Mesopotamia to her tiny Minnesota hometown. Along the way she discusses the impact of everything from population growth to Norwegian fishing to nuclear power. She takes this approach in order to present climate change as a result of broader dysfunctions having to do with consumption habits that, she says, don’t even make us happy. . . . It’s an argument that contrasts with the recent spate of climate books, which opt to pummel readers with facts and guilt. Jahren, who first came to prominence with the best-selling memoir Lab Girl,vinstead writes delicately, like the whispery scrape of a skate tracing a figure on the ice.” —The New York Times Book ​Review

Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

Hope Jahren
Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Photo Credit: Katelyn Sweeney Ching

 

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