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What History Is Good For (Panel)

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

Moderator — Jenny Price, PEI, Princeton University

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

Response — Rob Socolow, PEI, Princeton University

Location: Location: TBD

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

Is the climate warming at a terrifying pace? Are toxins leaking into the groundwater? Do our cities have wide, gaping food deserts? In the first event of the What Arts & Humanities Are Good For series, we’ll ask how we can deploy the essential insights and methods of History to tackle urgent environmental issues.

What is History good for? To figure out how we got here, to learn from past mistakes, and to be inspired by past successes?  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?

Join us as we explore these questions and more. How, exactly, can History help us envision and enact more livable and sustainable places and more effective and equitable environmental practices?

Category: Conferences & Lecture Series

Department: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)