The European Studies Group will welcome Michael Ugarte of the University of Missouri for his lecture “African Migrants to Spain and the (Silent) Voice of the Subaltern” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
Abstract: As we approach the 200th anniversary of the massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora, Gillen Wood’s Tambora Project reconstructs on a global scale the most destructive episode of abrupt climate change in the modern historical record. The volcanic sulfate veil produced by Tambora in the period 1815-18 altered global weather patterns, initiating the first global cholera pandemic, while famine, refugeeism and civil unrest threatened hard-hit nations from China to Western Europe to New England. The Tambora period thus offers a powerful historical illustration of the causal web linking climate change and the fate of human societies, reinforcing for us, in the twenty-first century, how climate destabilization can and is shaping world events.