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Journalist Mark Hertsgaard to Discuss Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

August 17, 2011

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
413 528 7443

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA— On Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., Mark Hertsgaard will discuss his latest book in the Book One series in McConnell Theater at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The highly acclaimed Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth examines how global warming will affect “Generation Hot,” the two billion young people who will live their adult lives during the next fifty years. The event is free and open to the public.

Mark Hertsgaard is a celebrated journalist, broadcaster and author whose books have been translated into sixteen languages. He is the author most recently of HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.  Previous books include Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future (1999), A Day In The Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles (1995) and On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency (1988).

He has contributed journalism to leading media outlets the world over, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Zeit, the BBC and NPR. In the U.S., he has been a commentator for the public radio programs “Morning Edition,” “Living on Earth” and “Marketplace.” He is now the environment correspondent for The Nation and a columnist for the Italian newsweekly L’espresso.

Hertsgaard has appeared on countless television and radio programs both here and abroad, taught writing at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism and guest lectured at many colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton.

Established in 2005, the Book One Program chooses texts based on their excellence and suitability for promoting interdisciplinary conversations about the intersection of cultures. The program brings prominent authors to campus to broaden the scope of student experience, and enhances the diversity and interdisciplinary focus of the General Education program.. Previous selections include Emmanuel Dongala’s Little Boys Come from the Stars, Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica.

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Contact phone: 528-7218

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.