History Department
History Department

IHS Talk: "Climate Change Denial: Why History Matters," by Megan Raby, University of Texas at Austin (“Notwithstanding the Evidence: Historians on Denialism” Series)

Thu, October 5, 2017 | GAR 4.100

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

While climate change affects us all, the question of confronting climate change denial may seem primarily a matter for scientists and science educators. What role should historians have? Both the long history of climate research and the more recent rise of climate change denial have been well documented by historians of science. Environmental historians, too, have explored the far-reaching social effects of past climate events that may foreshadow humanity’s future. This talk will examine how and why historians should use our research and teaching to historicize climate change, climate science, and climate denial.

Megan Raby is Assistant Professor of History and a Faculty Associate at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2012. She has published articles in the journals Environmental History and Isis––the latter was awarded the History of Science Society’s 2016 Price/Webster Prize. Her book American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science will be published by University of North Carolina Press, November 2017.

No pre-circulated reading. To RSVP to attend, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu

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“Notwithstanding the Evidence: Historians on Denialism” is a lecture series that aims to elucidate how denialist movements have worked – psychologically, rhetorically, sociologically - and to frame denialism in historical perspective. Read more about this series.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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