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Cochrane Lecture: “Chivalry and Human Difference in the Renaissance” Alexander Bevilacqua

March 20, 2024

Join us for the annual Cochrane Lecture on March 20, 2024 in the John Hope Franklin Room at 4 PM. Dr. Alexander Bevilacqua of Williams College presents “Chivalry and Human Difference in the Renaissance.”

Poster for the 2024 Cochrane Lecture. Delivered by Alexander Bevilacqua on March 20, 2024 at 4 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room

Graduate Symposium on American Empire, Extraction, and Environment, The Shapiro Initiative on Environment and Society

April 4 - 5, 2024


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For decades, global consensus has been growing regarding the need for a transition toward fossil-fuel free energy production. The demands to halt new leases, pipelines, and drilling projects are clear, as are the demands by activists and impacted communities to redirect financing, prioritize the investment in clean renewables, and mitigate environmental impact.

What can be said of the consensus about the labor and land use which have formed the basis of global capitalist modernity? How might an energy transition challenge or entrench the histories of extraction and exploitation that has given rise to American empire? How do we imagine equitable and sustainable futures in the era of climate crisis? What forms of energy will humans consume and where will resources be developed? Where will agricultural products be grown and how will the non-human be treated? What forms of territorial governance will be just? And who will control the land and the labor which works it?

Graduate students and junior scholars from around the country will offer presentations and panels on the theme of American Empire, Extraction, and Environment.

Schedule to be announced.

The John Hope Franklin Lecture, delivered by Vivek Bald

April 17, 2024

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 The annual John Hope Franklin Lecture will be delivered by Vivek Bald.

Title TBD.

Reception to follow. 

The John Hope Franklin Workshop

April 18, 2024

Save the Date: Details forthcoming

Shapiro Initiative on Environment And Society, Distinguished Lecture by Jo Guldi

May 2, 2024

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The Shapiro Initiative on Environment and Society and the Department of History present the Shapiro Distinguished Lecture, delivered by Jo Guldi. 

Title TBD.

Reception to follow.