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What History Is Good For (Panel)

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This event is part of Princeton Environmental Institute series: What Arts & Humanities Are Good For

William Cronon, History, University of  Wisconsin-Madison
Francis Ludlow,  Yale Climate & Energy Institute
John Haldon,  History, Princeton University

Response — TBD
Moderator — Jenny Price, PEI, Princeton University

Location: Guyot Hall Room 10

Date/Time: 10/09/14 at 4:30 pm - 10/09/14 at 6:00 pm

What is History good for? To figure out how we got here, to learn from past mistakes, and to be inspired by past successes--though History's greatest power, perhaps, may be to insist that ideas and actions make sense in the context of a particular time and place. By asking why people in the past have done what they have done and believed what they have believed--why was it logical to them?--how can History encourage empathy and perspective, while empowering us to make choices about what makes sense today? And if it makes the present seem less inevitable and puts the future into play, can History offer us hope?

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Category: Conferences & Lecture Series

Department: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)