Somini Sengupta, currently the international climate correspondent for The New York Times, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change — reporting from the front lines of the climate crisis, and recently focusing more and more on both China and the United States’ converging interests on global warming. She will bring this journalistic expertise to the Chautauqua Lecture Series, opening the 2021 season and a week on “China and the World.” Sengupta has reported from a Himalayan glacier, a Congo River ferry, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many places in between. As Times’ United Nations correspondent, she reported on global challenges from war to women's rights. She is the recipient of a George Polk Award for foreign reporting, as well as awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the New York Newswomen's Club and the United Nations Correspondents Association. Her book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury among India's Young was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton. Sengupta grew up in India, Canada and the United States, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.
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