Max Friesen is a professor of archaeology at the University of Toronto. He has directed over 20 field seasons in the Canadian Arctic, on sites ranging from the earliest Palaeoeskimo settlements to historic Inuit occupations. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Arctic Archaeology.
Climate & the Social Sciences
While attributing specific extreme weather events to anthropogenic climate change is always subject to challenge, assertions that climate change has already increased the occurrence of such phenomena is harder to deny. Indeed, extreme weather events such as the 2003 European heat wave, 2010 Russian heat wave, 2012 Superstorm Sandy in the US, or the 2013-14 southward shifts of the North Polar Vortex are consistent with predictions of climate change impacts (McCright et al. 2014). Social scientists increasingly ask to what extent does the general public link…
Michael McCormick, Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard, discusses how new tools in climate science, human genetics and computer science provide fresh insight into the history of Medieval Europe and Rome, and the latest developments in his new Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard.
In Oaxaca’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, state and private interests have created the densest development of wind power anywhere in the world. This presentation examines how a governmentally supported, ecologically timely project, the Mareña Renovables wind park, failed in the face of unprecedented local resistance.
Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian, and the 2014 Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment & the Humanities at Princeton University. Author of “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.” and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, she’s written also for Believer, GOOD, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, and pens the Green Me Up, JJ not-quite advice column. As a co-founder of the Project 51 collective, she is co-leading the current year-long Play the LA River project on L.A.’s concrete river; and as a founder of the L.A.
Laura Nader pioneered the modern ethnography of law and energy. In a storied career of over 50 years, she has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Lebanon, and the United States, and published 12 books and over 350 articles on topics such as law, energy, education, and gender. Dr.
What did the Norse know about climate, and what was the role of driftwood in their lives? Prof. Thomas Haine, the Morton K. Blaustein Chair of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, departs from his usual realm of fluid dynamics and numerical modeling to use more prosaic tools to answer the question, what did the Norse know about climate, and what was the role of driftwood in their lives?
Francis Ludlow is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Yale Climate & Energy Institute, where he works with Prof. Benedict Kiernan of the Department of History and Prof. Michael R. Dove of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, on a project entitled Climate as Catalyst in 1,224 Years of Violence and Conflict in Ireland, 425-1649 CE. From 2013-2014 Francis held the position of Carson Fellow at …
Dr. Harvey Weiss, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, spent his first ten years at Yale University studying how Tell Leilan, a capitol of the North Mesopotamian Kingdom evolved into an urban center. He’s spent the …
Urbino, Italy was the site of a 5-day conference devoted to climate change in the Holocene organized by the University of Urbino, California Institute of Technology and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, and the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University.