Gannon History Professors to Present Lecture on Historical Implications of Climate Change on Culture

Posted: March 20, 2017

Gannon University's yearlong series, Culture and Climate Change, continues with a lecture titled "Perils of You're Hot Then You're Cold: Climate Change, Crusades and Witch Burning in Europe," on March 23 at 7 p.m. the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center 124 W. Seventh St.

Presented by Geoff Grundy, Ph.D. and John Vohlidka, Ph.D. of the Gannon University history department, the lecture will discuss the effects on the culture of medieval Europe of the climatic event known as the "Little Ice Age." That designation describes a period between about 1300 and 1470 during which Europe and North America were subjected to much colder winters than during the 20th century.

The Culture and Climate Change series is a response to "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical letter on climate change, which was inspired by the canticle written by his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, that "reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us."