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The Deep Read: Elizabeth Kolbert in Conversation with Ezra Klein

May 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  |  Quarry Amphitheater


Join us for the culminating event of the 2023 Deep Read—a live discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and NY Times columnist and podcast host Ezra Klein. We’ll discuss this year’s Deep Read book, Under a White Sky, which depicts the stark changes and emerging technologies affecting our climate and world.

This event will take place at the UC Santa Cruz Quarry Amphitheater. Students, staff, alumni, and the broader community are invited to join and think deeply with two of the greatest minds working today to explain our complicated world. While this event will not be live streamed, it will be recorded. Deep Read Community members will be the first to receive the video once it goes live following the event.


3:00pm – Meet our community partners
4:00pm – Program begins

About the Speakers

 Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, her book about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field began as an article in The New Yorker. It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014. Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future was a national bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Time, Esquire, Smithsonian Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

Ezra Klein is an Opinion columnist and podcast host at the New York Times. His podcast, The Ezra Klein Show, receives more than a half-million downloads per episode and is routinely in the top 25 podcasts on Apple’s charts. Prior to his work at the Times, Klein founded and launched Vox, the popular explanatory news site. As Vox’s editor-in-chief, and then its editor-at-large, he helped create Explained on Netflix. In 2020, Klein published Why We’re Polarized, a bestselling examination of the forces driving polarization and paralyzing politics in the United States. Klein is a UC Santa Cruz alumnus.


Free parking for this event will be in the East Remote Lot 104. There will be free shuttles taking attendees from the parking lot to the venue.

Deep Read Faculty Salon

On May 4, you’ll be able to join the conversation—either in person or online—at a salon-style event where our participating professors will lead a discussion of the book with UCSC students and the broader Deep Read community. Learn more here.

About The Deep Read

This event is part of The Humanities Institute’s Deep Read Program that invites curious minds to think deeply about literature, art, and the most pressing issues of our day. We read books from a wide range of genres, exploring their implications on our politics, inner lives, and communities.


May 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm