The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

 
Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing the world in the 21st century. The effects of environmental damage and the unsustainable pace of consumption and social and economic development are at the forefront of political agendas—even for those who deny that global warming is real.

Increasingly accurate scientific models of past periods in history show that man-made and geophysical climate changes have had a profound effect on the natural habitat of man and nature. In some cases, they've had a direct impact on issues that are familiar to our time—including refugee crises, food shortages and starvation, political dislocation, and environmental cataclysms that have caused the collapse of civilizations and cultures.

In this talk, professor Peter Frankopan will look at climate change in Asia over the last two millennia and assess how we can revolutionize the way we understand the past and set out some of the lessons we can learn for the future.

Peter Frankopan is professor of global history and director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature, and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics.

Frankopan often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian. His book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World became an international best seller and was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year in 2015.


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