Tuesday, November 19th

Scholar of The Year Lecture: Sing Chew

Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm


World System History as the Teacher of Life: Global Crises, Dark Ages and System Transformations

Global environmental/economic crises, natural resource scarcity, and climate changes are not new. They have been recurring in long-term phases for the last five thousand years of world history. What can world system history tell us about these recurring phases, and what are the distinct patterns (urbanization/deurbanization, population growth/losses, global migrations, environmental degradation and resource scarcity) that have emerged in terms of processes and structures that have shaped world history? History should not just be an ‘accounting’ of what has transpired, but should also be used to enlighten us and perhaps, even to guide us in personal and policy choices. Awareness of these historical trends and tendencies can help us to anticipate possible ecological futures.

Additional Public Info: Sing C. Chew is Professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University and Senior Research Scientist (Adjunct) at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. He is founding Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Nature and Culture, and is author of numerous publications and books including a trilogy on world ecological degradation over five thousand years of world history: World Ecological Degradation: Accumulation, Urbanization, and Deforestation 3000BC-AD2000 Vol. 1; The Recurring Dark Ages: Ecological Stress, Climate Changes and System Transformation Vol. 2; Ecological Futures: What History Can Tell Us Vol. 3. His most recent book is The Theory and Methodology of World Development

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Price: Free


Van Duzer Theater
Humboldt State
Arcata CA 95521


Taylor Marie Baker
(707) 826-3722

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