Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Elizabeth Kolbert
The Next Mass Extinction

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Elizabeth Kolbert web

The Sixth Extinction book jacketAdvance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. (Stand-by details.)

There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history — the sixth is upon us now. Until now, they’ve been caused by environmental factors like the asteroids wiping out the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert says “This time, the cataclysm is us.” Our species is slowly killing off all the others and if successful, the planet won’t recover for millions of years. Kolbert combines years of research and fieldwork with a chronological trajectory of extinction in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She shows how human migration, staggering population increase, habitat destruction, greenhouse gases, poaching and a number of other factors have already affected a number of species, including the golden frogs of Panama, Staghorn coral and the Sumatran rhino. Will the human legacy be one of destruction? Two-time National Magazine award winner Kolbert shows us it already is.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Bookstore as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft, and the Town Green sub series, presented with The Peach Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Learn more: About Kolbert.


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  1. Bill Allen
    Posted February 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Although I didn’t act fast enough to secure a ticket for Friday’s discussion with Elizabeth Kolbert, I’m delighted it’s sold out because
    it’s hugely important! Is there any chance that you’ll be able to have
    her back and possibly at a larger venue?



    • Town Hall
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Hi Bill! While we can’t promise we can get you in, we highly suggest you try the stand-by line! We almost always get everyone on stand-by in!

      For more info on stand-by seating, click here.

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