Pathogens and Climates in Motion: Multidisciplinarity Perspectives on Disease in Late Antiquity
A workshop sponsored by the Georgetown Environmental Initiative & Medieval Studies Program. The workshop hopes to untangle disease-climate interaction in the distant past. It will be an interdisciplinary event, with disease ecologists, dendro-climatologists, palaeo-genomicists and historians. Click here for full schedule. Please contact Timothy Newfield if attending.
Teaching Environmental History: Insights from a Trailblazer
Richard Hoffman (Professor Emeritus, York University)
Dr. Richard Hoffman will discuss a lifetime of teaching and studying the environmental history of the pre-modern world. He is a pioneer in the scholarship of medieval and aquatic environmental histories, and his recent book, An Environmental History of Medieval Europe, is a landmark in his field. Dr. Timothy Newfield and Dr. Dagomar Degroot will begin the event by asking Dr. Hoffman some big questions about his discipline, and then will open it up to questions from anyone else is the room.
The Arctic: Past, Present, Future
Speakers: Dagomar Degroot (Georgetown University), Bathsheba Demuth (Brown Univerity), Matthew Druckenmiller (National Snow and Ice Data Center)
Dr. Dagomar Degroot will begin by offering case studies on the environmental history of the early modern Arctic. Dr. Bathsheba Demuth will then introduce her work on the environmental history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Arctic. Finally, Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller will explain how the Arctic is changing today, project how it might change in our imminent future, and explain what it all means for communities in the far north. This should be a fun, thoroughly interdisciplinary event that offers fresh perspectives on a unique and fast-disappearing environment.