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This seminar provides a brief introduction to some of the broader themes of environmental history that have, in turn, shaped world history. Climate, landscape, crops, animals, insects, disease, and technology are but a few of the factors that have affected the complex relationship between human societies and nonhuman species, and we’ll discuss the ever-changing nature and structure of these interactions over time.
LearningLife seminars embrace Socrates's belief in inquiry and exchange; they include both lecture and critical discussion.
Recommended: Dorothy H. Crawford, Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History (Oxford University Press, updated edition, 2018), and Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (Columbia University Press, 2014).
Zozan Pehlivan, PhD, Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario, is an assistant professor of History in the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. A historian of the modern Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, her research and teaching focus on the history of environments, climate change, comparative empires, and pastoral nomads and animals. Prior to joining the University, she held a two-year fellowship at the Indian Ocean World Centre of McGill University in Montréal, Quebec.