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Rufus Wood Leigh Lecture: Guest Lecturer Dr. Douglas J. Kennett

October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Climate Change and Sociopolitical Cycling in the Maya Region”
Climate scientists predict major changes in global temperature and precipitation in the next century and it is not yet known how our complex societies will respond. Interdisciplinary archaeological research provides a laboratory for exploring the inherent complexities of societal responses in the face of climate change over long periods of time with potential relevance to present and future societies. The episodic formation, consolidation and breakdown of preindustrial states occurred in multiple contexts worldwide during the last 5000 years were contingent upon interacting endogenous economic, demographic and political mechanisms. In some instances, there is support for climate change stimulating integration or inducing
sociopolitical fragmentation in these complex systems. Kennett will present the results of an on-going interdisciplinary project focused on the cyclical nature of societal responses to climate
change during the last 2,000 years in the Maya region



Campus Locations Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons (GC)
Room Name/Number GC 1900
Contact Name Nicole Flores
Contact Phone 801-581-8620
Contact Email nicole.flores@csbs.utah.edu


October 21, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


University of Utah


University of Utah
260 Central Campus Dr
Salt Lake City, UT United States
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