Dialoguing between the Humanities, the Social Sciences, Geology and Physics

On October 6, 2016 ACMRS and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability launched the first panel of what is projected as a much larger series showcasing the value of ongoing conversations dealing with the earth and its resources. The event, Climate Change in Historical Perspective: Lessons for Today from Greenland & the Americas in the Medieval & Early Modern Period, spanned a vast time-frame, literally from prehistory through “deep time,” as Planet Works’ Stephen Romaniello explained it. The event showcased a range of varied instances: Norse-Inuit contact and possible collaboration in late medieval Greenland; the responses of ancestral communities in Ecuador and Morocco to changes in weather and food production; ethno-geology and the fusing of the Dine (Navajo) cosmology with Western concepts of space and time; Mayan and Andean historical responses to natural and man-made disasters; and the issues of past, present and future stewardship of the earth’s resources, in the larger context of the deep time in which our universe exists.

The gathering, held in the auditorium of the Biodesign building on ASU’s Tempe campus, was well-attended, and counted with the presence of the Director of ACMRS and Foundation Professor of English, Robert Bjork and Gary Dirks, Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and LightWorks. Panel participants included Prof. Mary Jane Parmentier; Prof. Steven Semken, Prof. Stephen Romaniello, and Dr. Sharonah Fredrick.

For those who did not have the chance to be there, you can view the entire event on the ACMRS YouTube Channel: ACMRS Arizona.

This highly fruitful, (and equally, highly necessary), dialogue which engages the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Natural Sciences, will continue with more activities in the upcoming months.