The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age

Summer Institute for k-12 Teachers

June 21 - 25, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT) each day via Zoom

What role can humanities and social science classes play in addressing modern climate change?

Understanding and addressing climate change is a truly interdisciplinary undertaking. The sciences can teach students to investigate the mechanisms that cause climate change and set them on the road to devising technological solutions. But if we want to understand how climate change is likely to affect human societies, we need to delve into history, social sciences, the arts, and literature.

The Little Ice Age was a period of global climate change that extended from the 15th century (or the 16th, depending on your source) to the 19th century. This shift was caused by cooling, rather than warming and was primarily the result of natural, rather than anthropogenic causes. Even with these differences, examination of this period offers a way to think about how changes in climate can affect economies, social structures, politics, and daily life. The Little Ice Age also offers examples of successful (and unsuccessful) responses to climate changes.

Participants will come away with knowledge and examples derived from our past, plus meaninfgul questions that can be applied to thinking and talking about our future.

Each session will include presentations by a scholar-experts, participant discussion, and a Q & A period.

This institute is open to k-12 teachers across disciplines. There is no cost to attend. 

Agenda

Monday, June 22

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

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Tuesday, June 23

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

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Wednesday, June 24

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

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Thursday, June 25

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

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Friday, June 26

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

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When & Where

Where: The Institute will be held online via Zoom.

When: See the agenda to the left for daily schedule information. 

Registration: Use this form to register

Accessibility: If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.