2020 Marie Colvin Lecture: New York Times International Climate Reporter Somini Sengupta

UPDATE 3/9/20: 

Dear Campus Community,

We have decided to postpone the School of Journalism Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture tonight featuring New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta. Even though there are no confirmed cases of the COVID- 19 (coronavirus) on the Stony Brook University campus, we recognize that the likelihood of spreading infection increases when large groups of people come together. We made this decision to minimize everyone’s risk. We will work to reschedule the lecture at a time when more individuals from our campus and our community are able to travel to hear Ms. Sengupta discuss her important work.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. 


Somini Sengupta, a George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent and author, will deliver the 2020 Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture on Monday, March 9 at Stony Brook University.

The annual lecture honors Marie Colvin, a Long Island native and acclaimed war correspondent, who was tragically killed in Syria on February 22, 2012 while covering the conflict for The Sunday Times of London.

Sengupta, The New York Times’ international climate reporter, was the first Indian-American bureau chief for The Times in New Delhi. She has reported from a Himalayan glacier, a Congo River ferry, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai, and many places in between. Her current work focuses on climate change and how it affects vulnerable communities and landscapes.

In 2016, she published her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young, which tells the stories of the unprecedented youth bulge through the lens of young Indians hungry and hopeful and keen to write their own destinies. Sengupta grew up in India, Canada and the United States, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.