Cabot Institute talk: Why history matters in the age of climate change

20 May 2014, 6.00 PM - 20 May 2014, 6.00 PM

Lecture Theatre 2, School of Chemistry, Cantocks Close, Bristol
A Cabot Institute talk by Prof Julia Adeney Thomas, Notre Dame University with a specially selected panel of Cabot Institute representatives.


In the face of climate change, historians want to learn from biologists and other scientists about our situation.  This enthusiasm has caused some to believe that these disciplines are essentially the same, that history and natural history are one or, an Ian Morris has declared, that history is a subset of biology.  But I’m not convinced.  My talk discusses some of the ways three branches of biology: paleobiology, microbiology, and biochemistry, describe the human.  I will take each in term, and then point to why history is different and why it matters more than ever today as the planet heats up.

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This event will take place from 6 pm - 7.15 pm and is open to all.  Please let us know if you have any access requirements by emailing


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