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May 19, 2017

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College of the Atlantic McCormick Lecture Hall

College of the Atlantic McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Seminar in Climate Change Speaker Series

Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty, a distinguished history professor at University of Chicago, speaks about how a non-anthropocentric vision of earth system history and a human-centered vision of world history interact in contemporary debates on climate change.

Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Klimpton Distinguished Professor of History at University of Chicago, specializing in South Asian languages and civilizations. He visits the College of the Atlantic community to speak on the interactions between anthropocentric worldviews and climate change for the Seminar in Climate Change Speaker Series.

Dr. Chakrabarty received his Ph.D. in history from the Australian National University. He is a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory and an associate faculty of the Department of English. He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a consulting editor of Critical Inquiry, a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and Public Culture. He was one of the founding editors, with Sheldon Pollock from Columbia University and Sanjay Subrahmanyam from UCLA, of the series, South Asia Across the Disciplines, published by a consortium of three university presses (Chicago, Columbia, and California). He also serves on the Board of Experts for non-Western art for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Center for Global Cooperation Research (Bonn and Essen) since 2012.

The Seminar in Climate Change Speaker Series aims to create positive discussion and planning for climate change by fostering common discourse across disciplines and breaking down barriers to understanding. The talks include experts from the fields of earth science, food systems, history, public policy, anthropology and energy. Each presentation is free and open to the public and includes a question-and-answer period.

The Speaker Series runs parallel to the Seminar in Climate Change, taught by College of the Atlantic Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Chair of Earth Systems and Geosciences Dr. Sarah Hall. In this course, students learn about Earth’s climate variations over the past ~70 million years. Through close reading of scientific literature and study of the scientific methods used to identify climate fluctuations, students learn to follow and critically evaluate discussions around modern climate change and projected climate change scenarios.

See the entire Speaker Series schedule and learn more about Dr. Hall at, and check the COA calendar for all upcoming events.