Climate and History News

June 6, 2017
In the 1970s Yale archaeologist Harvey Weiss began excavating an ancient city in present day Syria that would reveal critical insights into the world’s first cities. Although...
March 20, 2017
Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman’s empire grew, it, too...
March 16, 2017
For many Westerners, the name Vietnam evokes images of a bloody televised American war that generated a firestorm of protest and brought conflict into their living rooms. In...
March 12, 2017
As the planet warms and the polar ice caps melt, naturally occurring cold is a resource of growing scarcity. At the same time, energy-intensive cooling technologies are...
December 8, 2016
Alan Mikhail, “Climate and the Chronology of Iranian History,” Iranian Studies Vol. 49: 6 (2016). This article offers a chronology of climate events in Iran over the last...
April 14, 2016
Professor Alan Mikhail recently received the Leopold-Hidy Prize for Best Article in Environmental History for his essay, “Ottoman Iceland: A Climate History” (April 2015...
February 15, 2016
Alan Mikhail, “Enlightenment Anthropocene,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49.2 (2016): 211-231. Abstract: This article offers an analysis of the emergence, use, and current...


Climate Lectures & Colloquium

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Whitney Humanities Center

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4pm - HGS 105
Nancy Langston, Michigan Technological University

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12pm - HGS 204
Daniel Headrick (Roosevelt University)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12pm - HGS 211
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
""Poor Richard's Climate: Body, Comfort, and Conservation in the Little Ice Age""

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:30pm - Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall)
Timothy Snyder, Yale University
"Black Earth: The Holocaust as Environmental History"

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 4pm - KGL 123
Edward R. Cook, Tree-Ring Laboratory, Columbia-Lamont Earth Observatory

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 11am - Luce Hall Room 203 (Agrarian Studies Colloquium)
Fabian Drixler
"Food, Community, and the Geography of Death in Japan’s Volcanic Winters, 1640-1840"

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4pm - HGS 105
Mark Carey, Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:00-5:30PM - Bowers Auditorium
Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell, Center for Climate and Security

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 5:00PM - HGS 204
Fabian Drixler, Yale University
"Japan in the Volcanic Winters of the Early Modern World"

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:15PM - SML Lecture Hall
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History, Yale University

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm - KGL 102 (YCEI Lecture Series)
Joseph Manning, Simpson Professor of Classics and History, Yale University
"Volcanic forcing triggers revolts and suppresses interstate conflict in Hellenistic Egypt"

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 4:00pm - KGL 123 (YCEI Lecture Series)
Francis Ludlow, YCEI Postdoctoral Fellow
"Understanding drivers of violence and conflict in Medieval Ireland"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 4:00 PM - HGS 217A (with the Lamar Center)
Bob Morrissey, University of Illinois-Urbana

Friday, April 3, 2015
Ray Bradley, UMass-Amherst
"The Little Ice Age---how bad was it?"