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Climate Change: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

In Collaboration with the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Changes in the global climate may be the most pressing issue of our time, but other climate changes have also affected people in past eras.  This Dialogue will begin with a discussion of the climate crisis of 1816, when people in Europe and North America lived through “The Year Without a Summer” after the massive eruption of an Asian volcano. Historian of Science Michael McVaugh will describe North American responses to this 19th-century crisis, and then we’ll turn to conservation biologist Alan Weakley for scientific perspectives on the ways in which recent climate changes are affecting flora and fauna in the southeastern United States. Join us for a provocative dialogue on how past and present climate changes have influenced human beings and the natural environment.


Scientists, Food, and the Global Climate Crisis of 1816
Michael McVaugh, William Smith Wells Professor of History Emeritus

Climate Change and its Current Effects in the Southeastern United States
Alan Weakley, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology and Director, UNC Herbarium, North Carolina Botanical Garden

Human Beings and Climate Change in Past, Present, and Future Times
A panel discussion with our speakers.

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017. The tuition is $65 or register for all 4 Dialogue seminars for $200.00.  A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.


March 11, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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NC Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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