A graphic showing the global temperature rising between 1850 and 2021.

The Lepage Center will spend the 2022 – 2023 academic year exploring the multiple dimensions of climate change in historical perspective.

The series of panels and talks will examine the problem of climate change denial, climate justice activism, the national security implications of climate change, the rise of climate refugees, and the future of the city. The series will showcase the ways in which historians have engaged the issue of climate change in their scholarship and in their advocacy, both informing the public and inspiring it to act.


Fall 2022 Series Events

All events will be held virtually on Zoom.


Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.: The first of six Climate Change in Historical Perspective panels will focus on how historians have examined climate change in history and how historians can communicate that history to the public.


  • Deborah Coen, PhD, professor, chair of the History of Science and Medicine Program, Yale University
  • Dagomar DeGroot, PhD, associate professor, History, Georgetown University
  • Ruth Morgan, PhD, associate professor, director, Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University




Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.: the second of six Climate Change in Historical Perspective panels will focus on corporate, scientific and political denial of climate change research.


  • Erik Conway, PhD, historian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, who will discuss his forthcoming coauthored book, The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market and his previous work, Merchants of Doubt
  • Eve Darian-Smith, PhD, chair, Global and International Studies, University of California, Irvine, who will speak about governments' resistance to climate change initiatives in Australia, Brazil and the United States, drawing on her recently published book Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis
  • Ronald Kramer, PhD, professor, Sociology, Western Michigan University, who will offer themes from his 2020 book Carbon Criminals, Climate Crimes.




Wednesday November 16, 6:00-7:15 p.m.: The third of six Climate Change in Historical Perspective panels will focus on the rise of climate justice movements.


  • Karen Jarratt-Snider, PhD, chair and associate professor, Applied Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University
  • Prakash Kashwan, PhD, associate professor, Environmental Studies, Brandeis University
  • David Pellow, PhD, program chair and Dehlsen Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Julie Sze, PhD, professor, American Studies, University of California, Davis
  • Moderator: Jerusha Conner, PhD, professor, Education and Counseling, Villanova University



The Lepage Center records most of their events, making them accessible to the wider community. You can watch these recorded events on YouTube.