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Rosanna Xia by the water

Thursday, Nov 30: Lessons on Climate Communication and Environmental Storytelling with Rosanna Xia

  • When: Thursday, November 30 from 5:30-7:00 pm (with a book signing to follow the talk)
  • Where: Native American Forum (BSS 162) at Cal Poly Humboldt
  • Who: Everyone is invited to attend this free event!

“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” 

Book cover shows the ocean approaching a California village

In this talk, Rosanna Xia will break down how journalists today are writing about climate change, with lessons learned on how to turn complex issues into deeply-felt stories. Xia will also introduce her new book, California Against the Sea, and share insights from her award-winning reporting on sea level rise. 

Rosanna Xia is an environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where she specializes in stories about the coast and ocean. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 for explanatory reporting, and her work has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Her recent book, California Against the Sea, has been praised as a beautiful and revelatory exploration of how we think about the natural world. 

This event is free and open to the public, and accessible parking and seating is available for the Native American Forum.

Please contact us at or 707-826-4345 for additional accommodations or questions. 

Link to flyer for event

*** Attention students: Are you interested in learning about environmental reporting as a career? Join us from noon to 1 pm in the Library Fishbowl (2nd floor), for a pizza lunch & professional development workshop with Rosanna Xia. Questions? Email Professor Jennifer Marlow at***

Many thanks to our campus partners for sponsoring this event and supporting conversations around energy, equity, community, and sustainability! Collaborators for this event include faculty and staff in English, Engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Studies, Journalism, Sustainability, the Cal Poly Humboldt Library, and the Humboldt Sea Level Rise Institute. 

We also offer deep thanks to Native faculty, staff, and students at Cal Poly Humboldt for sharing their Forum with us for this special event. 

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