Michelle Nijhuis

Project Editor, The Atlantic
Michelle Nijhuis Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: Animals & Us

5 p.m. Friday, May 7

Our relationship to animals — whether it’s the inefficiencies of meat-eating for a population of billions or conservation efforts for at-risk species — has arguably never been so vital to how we consider our plans to adjust for and mitigate climate change. And then there are the questions of morality. Peter Singer, best known for his defining book, Animal Liberation, is joined by Michelle Nijhous, author of the new book on the history of the conservation movement, Beloved Beasts, for a conversation with moderator and Crosscut Science & Environment Reporter Hannah Weinberger about our sustainability and empathy for animals.


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About Michelle Nijhuis

Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at Ihe Atlantic, a contributing editor at High Country News, and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the NYT Magazine. She is co-editor of The Science Writers’ Handbook and lives in White Salmon, Washington.


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Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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