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Andrew Revkin: Courtesy
The New York Times

Video: Focus the Nation student organizer Jess Scott
Audio: WKOK-AM on Focus the Nation
Op-ed column in The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

(Editor's Note: Events previously scheduled in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre have been moved to Trout Auditorium.)

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Andrew Revkin, the award-winning New York Times science reporter, will cap a daylong effort to raise climate change awareness at Bucknell University with a talk titled, "The Daily Planet: On the Front Lines of Climate Change -- From the North Pole to the White House."

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Trout Auditorium. It is part of the national Focus the Nation teach-in.

"Andrew Revkin has written extensively about the human influence on the climate for more than 20 years," said Craig Kochel, professor of geology and co-director of the Bucknell Environmental Center. "He'll discuss global warming and our energy future and the pitfalls facing media coverage of these issues and possible solutions."

Focus the Nation
The talk will cap a series of campus events being organized by senior Jess Scott as part of Focus the Nation, a daylong teach-in during which Bucknell will join more than 500 colleges and universities across the country to discuss global climate change and its potential solutions. It is expected to be the largest teach-in in U.S. history.

"Traveling from the North Pole to the Beltway, Revkin has written more than 300 stories on climate for The New York Times since taking on the global-environment beat at the newspaper in 2000," said Scott. "Few writers are better suited to address the topic of climate."

Revkin's reportage includes a prize-winning series exposing political interference with government climate reports and the muzzling of NASA climate experts.

Double accolade
The author of two books on the environment, Revkin's latest, "The North Pole Was Here," has the double accolade of being named the Outstanding Science Book and Outstanding Social Studies Book of 2006 by the Children's Book Council.

The first chapter, and much of Revkin's climate coverage, can be found online at In addition, Revkin is a frequent contributor to a blog at

Other Focus the Nation events include:

  • Showing of "11th Hour," a climate documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio, at the Lewisburg Campus Theatre at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
  • Interdisciplinary panel discussion, "Obstacles to Change," Harvey Powers Theatre, 8 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
  • Interdisciplinary panel discussion, "Tipping Points," Harvey Powers Theatre, 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
  • Campus Sustainability Celebration with research posters, music, nature-related art expo, and sustainable business and industry expo, Gerhard Fieldhouse, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
  • Interdisciplinary panel discussion, "Can We Afford NOT to Stop Global Warming?" Harvey Powers Theatre, 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
  • Interdisciplinary panel discussion, "Motivating Action," Harvey Powers Theatre, 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
  • Nonpartisan, intergenerational "Global Climate Change" discussion between leading environmental students and invited elected officials, Harvey Powers Theatre, 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.

All Focus the Nation events on campus are free and open to the public.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Jan. 10, 2008
Updated Jan. 17, 2008