Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History

This seminar series is sponsored by MIT's History Faculty and Program in Science, Technology,and Society. For more information, contact

Sessions are held from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at MIT in E51-095.

2019-2020 Schedule

September 20, 2019

"Time, Temperature, and Tissue in the Circumpolar North: Frozen Mammoths and the Politics of Knowledge"

Rebecca Woods, University of Toronto


October 11, 2019

“The Great Chernobyl Acceleration”

Kate Brown, MIT


October 18, 2019

“Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs”

Joyce Chaplin,  Harvard University


February 21, 2020

“Animal City: Remaking Human and Animal Life in Nineteenth-Century America”

Andrew Robichaud,  Boston University


March 20, 2020 - CANCELLED

"Thinking Forward Through the Past – Requiem for the Farm Animal"

Karen Sayer,  Leeds Trinity University


April 17, 2020- CANCELLED

Beyond Bananas: The United Fruit Company and Agricultural "Diversification"

Megan Raby, University of Texas at Austin