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Hudson museum climate change lecture Tuesday

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — The Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University will lecture on “Climate Change and the Fall of the Roman Empire ” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

Michael McCormick, whose research and teaching focuses on the archaeology and history of the fall of the Roman Empire and the origins of medieval civilization, is the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chairman of the Standing Committee on Archaeology at Harvard.

In his lecture, McCormick will explore what biomolecular evidence and climate change data suggest about the impact of volcanic events on the collapse of the Roman Empire and the rise of Carolingian Europe. Climate cooling caused by eight volcanic events resulted in nine major winter anomalies that affected food production and human survival, McCormick has hypothesized.

Lecture to follow Phi Beta Kappa initiation

ORONO, Maine — Michael McCormick, an expert on

medieval history and climate change, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the McIntyre Room of Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.

McCormick’s lecture will follow the annual initiation of UMaine’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest scholastic honor society.

A Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, McCormick is the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chairman of the Standing Committee on Archaeology at Harvard University.

The chapter at UMaine is one of four in the state. It recognizes exceptional academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences, and initiates current juniors, graduating seniors and August and December graduates of the preceding year.

Native American writers to hold for round table, workshop

ORONO — Four well-known Native American writers will visit the University of Maine on Friday, April 29, for a round-table discussion and reading.

They also will participate on Saturday, April 30, in a workshop for emerging writers at the Indian Island School.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Authors Lisa Brooks of Harvard University, Daniel Heath Justice of the University of Toronto, Craig Womack of Emory University and Pulitzer Prize nominee Cheryl Savageau will participate in both programs.

The round table will be held 4:30-6 p.m. at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. The Saturday session, described as an “intergenerational” workshop designed for people who want to improve their writing skills or polish current writing projects, will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Indian Island School.

Workshop participants are asked to register by email to maria.girouard@penobscotnation.com.

Professor earns fellowship for sustainability research in Finland

ORONO, Maine — Anthony Halog, assistant professor in industrial ecology and life cycle assessment in the School of Forest Resources, recently received a prestigious Organization for Economic Cooperation Development Research Fellowship in biological resource management for sustainable agricultural systems.

Halog will work this summer at the Finnish Forest Research Institute on a sustainable forest bioenergy project.

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