Press Release

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert To Speak at BHCC in Spring 2010

Friday, September 25, 2009

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the acclaimed bestseller on global warming, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, will give the keynote address at the Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development at Bunker Hill Community College on April 9th, 2010.

Kolbert, a former Albany, N.Y. bureau chief for The New York Times, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999.  Published in 2006, Field Notes from a Catastrophe has been a major force in educating readers around the world about global warming.  Kolbert’s book reports on evidence of global warming that she found in travelling around the world.   Field Notes from a Catastrophe is the 2009 selection for the BHCC One Book Program, which invites the entire college to read and discuss a particular selection throughout the year. 

BHCC President Mary L. Fifield  is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Launched in 2007, the ACUPCC is a network of 650 schools, representing all fifty states and the District of Colombia. This effort to address global warming garners institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.

On Sept. 15, the President’s Climate Commitment Committee submitted its Action Plan to the ACUPCC (click here to view the document).

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With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).