Program and Schedule


Keynote Speakers

David Epstein

David Epstein Range book cover

David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the New York Times best seller The Sports Gene. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His writing has been honored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and his work has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.


Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert The Sixth Extinction book cover

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best seller The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a powerful and arresting account of the history and science of extinction on Earth and the present-day crisis unfolding around us. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the “sixth extinction,” predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. In her book, Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field to see the situation firsthand. Through these stories, she provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around the globe and the significant and immediate threat posed by human behavior to a world of diversity.

Conference Moderator

Kathi Diamant

Kathi Diamant  

Kathi Diamant is a writer, television interviewer and host, and adjunct professor at San Diego State University in the College of Arts and Letters. The author of two biographies, her newest is about the remarkable life of Chuck Bieler, San Diego Zoo Global President Emeritus. Kathi’s association with the San Diego Zoo dates to the early 1980s when she co-hosted“Sun Up San Diego,” a morning talk show on KFMB-TV, which featured a weekly Zoo animal guest. In the 1990s, she freelanced as a stringer for Copley News Service and contributed many articles for San Diego Zoo Global’s ZOONOOZ magazine.Her internationally acclaimed biography,Kafka’s Last Love, based on two decades of immersion research, was published in 2003 and won “Best Biography” and the Theodor GeiselAward for the “Best of the Best” in the San Diego Book Awards.Kathi Diamant is a popular emcee and has moderated programs for San Diego State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, KPBS-TV, the San Diego Public Library, and many more. As a National Pledge Host for PBS, she appears frequently on public broadcasting stations across the country. An inveterate volunteer, Kathi has served on many boards, most recently on the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego Press Club. Among her lifetime awards are the Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award and Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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