St. Michael's welcomes highly-acclaimed author and environmental speaker Dr. Kim Stanley Robinson to present a lecture to coincide with Earth Week. Robinson is one of the most well-known and respected science fiction writers in the world and was named a Time magazine “Hero of the Environment.”
Through the science-fiction genre, Dr. Robinson reveals some possible solutions to the environmental challenges that humanity faces, and that topic will be the focus of his lecture. Additionally, Dr. Robinson will meet personally with students in AP Environmental Science and English classes to further discuss the environment and the life of a writer.
According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is "generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.” His work has been translated into 24 languages. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Robinson's work has been labeled by The Atlantic as "the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing."
His articles and stories have been published in Nature, The New York Times, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The New Scientist, and Wired. He has written 19 novels, and his most recent novel, “2312,” is a New York Times bestseller. Robinson is best known for his landmark “Mars” trilogy.
Robinson has a B.A. and a Ph.D. in literature from University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in English from Boston University.
EDIFY: A Speaker Series is made possible by a $500,000 grant from a St. Michael’s family for the express purpose of inviting compelling, contemporary leaders and visionaries to the St. Michael’s campus to address students in a series of stimulating talks. Its mission is to unleash and enlighten the intellectual curiosity of St. Michael’s students so that they may form the habits of mind and heart that will enable them to courageously contribute to the common good.