ELIZABETH KOLBERT: The Sixth Extinction 7:30PM, May 2, 2014, The Salisbury School

The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert has spent more than ten years traveling around the world interviewing top scientists and people living near the north pole to get to the heart of the debate about global warming. Her ground breaking three part series “The Climate of Man” in The New Yorker won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the “Public Interest” category. Her book Field Notes From A Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change in 2006 asked what, if anything, could be done to save our planet.

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THOMAS GRAHAM: Russia's Strategic Challenges: 7:30PM, Friday, March 21, 2014 Housatonic Valley Regional High School

“Since he rose to power over a decade ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin has striven to assert Russia as a great power,” Thomas Graham says. “His recent initiative on Syria has put it back on center stage, at least in the Middle East. But Russia’s slowing economic growth and a range of foreign policy challenges raise questions about its future as a great power. What does Putin’s Russia need to do domestically and abroad to fulfill its great-power ambitions? and can it succeed.?” he asks.

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NICHOLAS SCOVILLE: A Life In Science: Exploring The Universe, 7:30PM, October 18, 2013 The Hotchkiss School

Nicholas Scoville, Ph.D. has spent a half century in astrophisics studying star formations, galactic structures and the evolution of galaxies.

He says “The last 50 years has been an unparalleled time of discovery in astronomy and astrophysics. With new technologies in space and on the ground, we are now seeing galaxies back in time to when the universe was only 5% of its present age.”

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RICHARD BLANCO: Inaugural Poet, Sept. 27, 2013, 7:30PM Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Richard Blanco, the country’s fifth inaugural poet, playfully says he was Made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States. He means that his mother was seven months pregnant when the family left Cuba as exiles. He was born in Madrid. Forty Five days later the family emigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Miami.

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