The Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce that this year's Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict will be presented on Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30pm in the Nott. (With apologies to those observing Yom Kippur.)
The lecturer is Prof. J.G. Manning from Yale University and his topic is "Apocalypse Now! Prophecy, Climate Change and the Role of Religion in Coping with Disaster in Ancient Societies".
Professor Manning is the William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor in Classics and History (with appointments in both the Classics and History Departments), Senior Research Fellow in the Law School, and holds a secondary appointment in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. He has published important studies on the ancient state, ancient law, and the ancient economy. Over the past few years he has turned his attention to environmental history, collaborating with climate scientists to investigate the impact of past climate changes on societies, and he has recently co-authored (as lead author) a study published in Nature Communications. He is the Principle Investigator on the National Science Foundation grant investigating Volcanism, Hydrology and Social Conflict: Lessons from Hellenistic and Roman-Era Egypt and Mesopotamia.
The lecture will be followed by dinner and discussion in Wold Minerva House. Please let Religious Studies Director Peter Bedford know if you want to come to the dinner and discussion after the lecture as seats are available.