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‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ author David Wallace-Wells to give Feb. 16 talk at Transylvania

David Wallace-Wells, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Uninhabitable Earth,” will give a lecture at Transylvania University on Feb. 16 in Haggin Auditorium.

The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Register to attend in person or watch the livestream.

Get more information on Healthy at Transy guidelines for visitors and parking. A question and answer session with the audience will follow the talk. Wallace-Wells also will sign copies of his book, which is available at the Transylvania bookstore.

“If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible — food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation,” according to publisher Penguin Random House. “‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it — the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.”

Wallace-Wells’ book has been described as “epoch-defining” by The Guardian and this generation’s “Silent Spring” by The Washington Post.

He also is a columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine — and he’s served as a national fellow at the New America Foundation and deputy editor of The Paris Review.

The event is part of Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence series in collaboration with professor Zoé Strecker’s Bingham-Young Professorship project, “Crucial Terrain,” and the Hazelrigg-Humanities Endowment.

“My goal is that our whole campus community is thinking and working on responding to the climate crisis across the board,” said Strecker of her project. “It’s such a profound and complex crisis that people often feel overwhelmed by it to the point of paralysis.”