Special Program / Science as Story

Amanda Little

Climate Change at Home: Bringing a Global Problem to the Dinner Table

Sunday, March 22nd  |  4:30 pm  |  ONLINE via GoToWebinar

Climate models show that global crop production will decline every decade for the rest of this century due to drought, heat, and flooding. Water supplies are in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to grow another 30 percent by midcentury. So how, really, will we feed nine billion people sustainably in the coming decades? Amanda Little, an award-winning journalist and professor, spent three years traveling through a dozen countries and as many US states in search of answers to this question. The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World tells the fascinating story of human innovation and explores new and old approaches to food production while charting the growth of a movement that could redefine sustainable food on a grand scale. It’s a fascinating, compulsively readable travelogue that remains approachable and optimistic despite its dark subject matter.

The Amanda Little lecture is a partner event of the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.


Q & A with Amanda Little: A moderated discussion about writing

Monday, March 23rd  |  10 am  |  ONLINE ONLY

Join Amanda Little, author of The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World, in an intimate setting to explore the use of narrative in her work.


Amanda Little is a professor of journalism and Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. Her reporting on energy, technology, and the environment has taken her to ultra-deep oil rigs, down manholes, and inside monsoon clouds. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times and the Washington Post to Wired, Rolling Stone, and Bloomberg BusinessweekShe writes, bikes, and is learning to cook and tango in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and kids.



3/12  Azra Raza  |  The C Word: Writing About Cancer Using Scholarship and Empathy
3/22  Amanda Little  |  Climate Change at Home: Bringing a Global Problem to the Dinner Table
3/26  Dawn Raffel  |  A Doctor in Time: Making History Matter to a Modern Audience
4/02  Danielle Ofri  |  Medical Error: The Untold Story in Medicine
4/16  Ruth Kassinger   Biology on the Page: Delighting the Reader with Fascinating Facts


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Funding for the Science as Story project is provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation.