Pulitzer Prize-Winning Science Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert to Speak at the University of South Alabama

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, speaks on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7pm in the Student Center Ballroom on the Campus of the University of South Alabama.

Science lovers will not want to miss this talk by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Science Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert on her book The Sixth Extinction.

Kolbert’s book is a rare, perspective-shifting mashup of geology, history, and biology that allows us to see the role of Homo sapiens – over hundreds of thousands of years – in the current mass extinction event. Humanity’s exceptional ability to adapt, find new resources, and modify our environment has resulted in the acceleration of natural cycles of change, and brought about multiple significant global changes on a scale unprecedented in planetary history. It’s a fascinating read. It is exactly this kind of jarring re-imagining of ourselves that can enable us to use these wonderful creative brains of ours to inspire and enact change in the future.

In an interview with USA News, Kolbert said,

“Actually, what we need now isn’t hope. What we need is courage. The issue is whether or not we’re going to do anything at all. Or, are we going to rise to a very enormous challenge,” she said. “I talk to college students the same way I talk to their parents and grandparents. This is the world you’re inheriting. Unfortunately, you guys are going to have to deal with the consequences, and the consequences are cumulative. I tell them they should be pretty annoyed, and they should make some noise.”

The talk will be held at the University of South Alabama on April 4, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Student Center Ballroom. A book signing and reception will follow. The talk is sponsored by the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, the English Department, the Biology Department, Phi Kappa Phi, and The Sustainability Committee.

Sign Making Contest!

Put your creative hats on, because we have several copies of the Science, Not Silence book as prizes for our sign-making contest on event day!

Science Not Silence photo spread featuring dogs at marches.
A two-page spread from the Science, Not Silence book features dogs with science-themed signs, including Mobile’s own Daisy the hound, with a sign reading, “My favorite scientist is my veterinarian – I’m disabled.”

Categories will include Scientific, Artwork, Humor, Persuasive, and Youth (12 and under).

Entrants will want to read our complete contest guidelines to ensure compliance before making their signs. For example, signs must be science-themed, non-partisan, and non-offensive. Some great rules of thumb to follow are:

  1. Positive: Show what we are for, not what you are against.
  2. Personal: What does science mean to you?
  3. In-law test: If you show this to family and friends with different views on other issues, would they be more likely or less likely to join your support of science?
  4. 8-year-old test: Does this make an 8-year-old say “wow”?

 

Call for Designs

One day left to submit your design for a special flyer!

We would LOVE to have an original graphic design specifically promoting The Underwater Forest as a part of our event. This design would be used on a flyer and could be used on a t-shirt or commemorative print. Keep that in mind while designing. For a flyer, we need something that will look good in both grayscale or color.

We recommend that you read about the documentary on our website and take a look at it on YouTube to get some inspiration (it’s 30 minutes long and you can quickly use the timeline scrubber to see different parts of the film), as well as taking a look at other science-related designs.

If your work is selected for use, we will run a blog and social media post featuring you, and will give you a choice of one item of our merchandise from our online store.

To submit your design, send an email with your attached JPG, PNG, or PDF file to mobilemarchforscience@gmail.com by March 26, 2018 at 5pm.

Supporting Our Young People at the March for Our Lives

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the March for Science Mobile table at today’s March for Our Lives! It was great to see all the young activists fired up in the face of this public health crisis, and everyone else who came out to participate in this event.

March for Science Mobile is a signatory on the national March for Science letter sent to Congress asking for removal of restrictions on gun violence research and the sharing of data essential to that research. You can use the links on that page to add your own signature, and to contact your representatives. UPDATE: March for Science Denver has a nice brief on the Dickey Amendment.

Also, we’re just THREE WEEKS away from A Day for Science! Shop our online store and get free shipping for orders over $45 – all proceeds support this year’s event.