The Uninhabitable Earth: A Conversation with David Wallace-Wells


By Sarah E Sutton

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David Wallace-Wells’s July 2017 cover story for New York Magazine did what few science or climate stories ever do. It got a lot of attention. So much, in fact, that it became the most-read story in the history of the magazine and led to his bestselling, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019), which The Guardian called “an epoch-defining book” and “this generation’s ‘Silent Spring.’” What has made this climate story so compelling are the same things driving today’s youth-led climate activism: honest recognition that climate change is “worse, much worse, than you think.” In this talk on November 12 Wallace-Wells will discuss the climate crises, our best hopes for dealing with it, and what he means by calling it “a story of mythological proportion.”

When: Tuesday, November 12, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Where: Belo Center Auditorium (BMC 2.106) at 300 W Dean Keeton

David Wallace-Wells is a national fellow at the New America Foundation and a columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine. He was previously the deputy editor of The Paris Review. The event is FREE and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Moody College Honors Program, and co-sponsored by the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Journalism.