Past Climate and Social Science Speakers
02/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Climate Data Detectives: On the History and Politics of Knowledge about Global Climate Change, Paul Edwards
Paul N. Edwards, Professor of Information and History, University of Michigan
Abstract: Why does climate change remain controversial despite an overwhelming scientific consensus? Across the 19th and 20th centuries, constantly changing, poorly standardized data practices created a need for substantial data detective work before questions about anthropogenic global warming could be answered. The practices of “climate data detectives,” who re-examine and renanalyze historical data, themselves became a focus of controversy in the 2000s.
10/28/2014 - 12:00pm | The Anthropocene: An Engineered Age. Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton, Charles Sturt University, Canberra
According to Earth scientists, our planet has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Human activity has become such a powerful force that it now overwhelms other sources of change in the planet’s evolution. What does it mean for humans in the 21st century to assume the role of a force of nature? Should we attempt to minimize our disturbance of the great natural cycles or seize control of the Earth system? What would it mean for humans to use geoengineering in an attempt to regulate the climate, to make the Earth itself into an artifact designed to suit our needs?
10/27/2014 - 12:00pm | Land, Water, Climate and Culture: Writing an Environmental History of Viet Nam from Earliest Times, Ben Kiernan
Ben Kiernan, Department of History, Yale
Professor Ben Kiernan will speak about his current project on the environmental history of Viet Nam. There is no pre-circulated paper. Professor Kiernan will speak for approximately 40 minutes, followed by discussion.
10/20/2014 - 4:30pm | Nomads and Climate in Chinese History: Scientific Arguments and New Perspectives
10/17/2014 - 12:00pm | From Forest to Farmland and Moraine to Meadow, or, When did the Anthropocene Begin?
Jed O. Kaplan, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Jed Kaplan is an expert on the response of global vegetation to climate changes and the potential feedbacks between the Earth’s land surface and the climate system. More information about his research is on his website here.
10/09/2014 - 4:00pm | "Can New York City Survive the Sea?" Ted Steinberg, Davee Professor of History, Case Western University
Yale Environmental History hosts historian Ted Steinberg for a talk on New York’s ecological past and future: “Can New York Survive the Sea?” Of his latest book, Gotham Unbound, Kirkus Review says “he has done a grand public service … examining the history of one of the most drastically transformed natural environments in the world.”
10/08/2014 - 4:00pm | Connecting Roman and Medieval Climate and Historical Change. Michael McCormick, Harvard
06/17/2014 - 8:00am | New Perspectives on Past Climate Change and Societal Disruption
Peter Douglas (California Institute of Technology), Marcello Canuto (Tulane University), Peter de Menocal (Columbia University), David Kaniewski (Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse), , Neil Roberts (University of Plymouth), Martin Medina-Elizalde (Amherst College), Ben Cook (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies [New York]), Christophe Morhange (CEREGE/ Universite d'Aix-Marseille), Arthur Demarest (Vanderbilt University), Nicholas Dunning (University of Cincinnati), Francisco Estrada-Belli (Tulane University/Boston University), Joseph Tainter (Utah State University), David Wahl (USGS- Menlo) , Harvey Weiss (Yale University), Ray Bradley (University of Massachussetts) − Michael McCormick (Harvard University) − Chris Fisher (Colorado State University), Timothy Beach (Georgetown University), Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (University of Texas- Austin), Pallechi Pasquino (University of Florence), Mark Pagani (Yale University)
Urbino, Italy is the site of a 5-day conference devoted to climate change in the Holocene organized by the University of Urbino, Italy, California Institute of Technology and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute. The meeting convenes over 20 leaders in paleoclimatology, archaeology, and history for an interdisciplinary discussion of new research on climate impacts on ancient societies.
05/07/2014 - 12:00pm | Theater as Climate Change Communication Tool?
Theater professionals from the Yale School of Drama & YCEI Post-doctoral Researchers
On the heels of a YCEI-sponsored visit to see the NSF-funded play “The Great Immensity”, members of the Yale School of Drama plan to stage their own climate-themed production this Fall at the Yale Cabaret. Wednesday’s one-hour meeting is intended as a first step to introducing them to all members of Yale’s climate science community who are interested in supporting their efforts with technical assistance as they learn what’s necessary to inform their work.
04/22/2014 - 4:00pm | Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico
Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Department of Anthropology, Rice University
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.
04/11/2014 - 11:00am | Stop Saving the Planet! … & Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists
03/25/2014 - 4:00pm | Energy and Human Frailty. Laura Nader, University of California
Laura Nader, University of California
Laura Nader has authored over 300 book and articles in a storied career that includes becoming the first tenured woman in Anthropology at the University of California.
There will be three opportunities to hear her speak at Yale on March 25:
11:30 Book talk, Culture and Dignity: Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West. (Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center)
2:15 Screening of her film, Losing Knowledge: 50 Years of Change in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall)
02/17/2014 - 9:30am | 2 Talks by Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Danish Center of Energy Technology and Vermont Law School: (i) Publishing in Academia, (ii) Barriers to Energy Innovation
Dr. Sovacool is Professor of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark and Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. He is an internationally renowned scholar and energy policy expert who has authored and edited 16 books and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reports. He is also the editor-in-chief of Energy Research and Social Science, published by Elsevier. Professor Sovacool has served in advisory and research capacities at the U.S.
12/04/2013 - 11:30am | The Captured Garden: Substance Under Capitalism
Steven Stoll, Fordham University
Steven Stoll of Fordham University studies the history of agrarian society in the United States because he’s found that “agriculture offers the ideal vantage from which to observe the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes.”
His presentation was videotaped and is presented below:
11/14/2013 - 11:30am | Global Environmental Justice: A Public Political Ecology of the Carbon Economy
Tracey Osborne, University of Arizona; Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development; Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
10/17/2013 - 11:30am | Praxis, Ethics & Outcomes From Doing Science in a Nuclear World
Barbara Rose Johnston, Center for Political Ecology
Our featured speaker is Barbara Rose Johnston of the Center for Political Ecology. Barbara is an environmental anthropologist whose research explores the linkages between environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking acknowledgment and implementation of the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity, and the right to reparation and remedy.
09/26/2013 - 5:30pm | Nature - Culture - Action!
Diego Angarita, Co-op Power of New England , Dr. Annie Harper, Coordinator of the Yale Community Carbon Fund
Dr. Annie Harper of the Yale Community Carbon Fund, and Diego Angarita, a Board Member of Co-op Power of New England will give 15 minute talks followed by question and answer from the audience on re-scaling the energy grid, increasing community ownership of energy resources and other pertinent issues for those interested in effecting change in their own backyard.
09/25/2013 - 1:30pm | Climate Crises and Violent Conflict in Irish History, 400-1650
YCEI Postdoctoral researcher Francis Ludlow presents his research on climate-inspired conflict in medieval Irish history as part of the Yale History Department’s Genocide Studies seminar series on the theme of Mass Violence and Environmental Crises.