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Named “the most important and impactful journalist" of 2020 by Poynter, Ed Yong is the New York Times bestselling author of An Immense World and I Contain Multitudes. He was also awarded journalism’s top honor, the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for his coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Through a lecture and in conversation with USC Wrigley Institute director Dr. Joe Árvai, Yong will share the experiences behind An Immense World, the challenges of science journalism, and why storytelling is a crucial tool in the fight against climate change. This event also includes audience Q&A, a book signing, and a closing reception. For more information on Ed Yong, please visit


The 2024 Delta Murphy Lecture is presented by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment & Sustainability. Named in memory of a USC alumna, sustainability leader, and former Whittier, CA, mayor, the Delta Murphy Lecture Series addresses socially connected issues in the worlds of environmental science and sustainability.

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