ARCHIVED: Science Journalists Andrew Revkin and Dava Sobel Speak

Andrew Revkin, photo courtesy of The New York Times

Andrew Revkin and Dava Sobel, both award-winning science journalists, will speak at Sarah Lawrence College this spring. On April 5, Andrew Revkin will present his lecture, “The Daily Planet: On the Front-Lines of Climate Change, From the North Pole to the While House” in Heimbold Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. An organic/local food reception precedes the talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center lobby. Dava Sobel follows on April 18 with a reading in the Esther Raushenbush Library at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (914) 395-2412.

In his April 5 talk, Andrew Revkin, an environmental reporter who has written about the human influence on the climate for more than 20 years, discusses inconvenient realities about global warming, challenges facing media covering it, and possible solutions. He will draw from the more than 300 stories on climate he has written for The New York Times since taking on the global-environment beat there in 2000, including prize-winning pieces exposing political interference with government climate reports and the muzzling of NASA climate experts.

Revkin’s climate coverage won the first National Academies Communication Award for print journalism. He has twice won the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and also an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to support his next book, a search for sustainability. Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia journalism, blogging, podcasting, and shooting still and video imagery. His latest book, The North Pole Was Here, is the first demystifying global and Arctic climate change for all readers, 10 and up. He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons.

Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter reads on April 18. She is the author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter and The Planets. In her thirty years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, including Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker, served as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Omni, and co-authored five books, including “Is Anyone Out There” with astronomer Frank Drake. She has received the Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board, the Bradford Washburn Award from the Boston Museum of Science and the Harrison Medal from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

Andrew Revkin’s lecture is sponsored by SAS, The Science and Mathematics Program, The Friends of the Library, Environmental Studies, Student Affairs, The Office of Communications, Progressive Produce, and the Campus Greening Committee. Dava Sobel is the fourth writer featured as part of the Graduate Writing Program’s Spring 2007 Reading Series.