CLEAN Teleconference Call April 27, 2021

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Climate in Arts & History: Promoting Climate Literacy Across Disciplines

Abstract: This presentation will give an update on the development of a web resource "Climate in Arts & History: Promoting Climate Literacy Across Disciplines" ( We will discuss the process of compiling, researching, formatting and posting information on climate-related topics in the subject areas of art, history, languages, literature and music, and showcase several specific examples such as:

Art - "Lithographs of the Alps from The Little Ice Age" and "Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Luetze (1851)";

History - "The Beginning and End of the Maya Classic Period," "The Rise and Fall of the Western Roman Empire," "The Migration of Humans into the Americas" and "Nile River Flood in Ptolemaic Ancient Egypt"; and

Literature - "Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) and The Vampyre by John William Polidori (1819)."

We will visit the webpage of each example, where we briefly describe the topic, explore its connection to climate, and provide links to additional resources.

Although we anticipate that this resource is of potential interest in higher education and to the general public, our original intention was to gear it towards K-12 teachers. Consequently, our future work will also include aligning the content with educational standards and developing activities for incorporating climate-related information into courses beyond natural and environmental sciences. We seek feedback from the CLEAN community because we regularly update the website with new information and suggestions from climate and education professionals, as well as website users, who are encouraged to email us at


Bosiljka Glumac is a Professor of Geosciences at Smith College. She came up with the idea for this project when she surveyed students in her GEO 106 Extraordinary Events in the History of Earth, Life and Climate course and realized that they had very little familiarity with the impact of climate on human history.

Julia Herzfeld is a class of 2021 sociology major and geosciences minor at Smith College. They have helped develop this project since its beginning phases and have coordinated with student volunteers and working professionals, written and revised topic entries, and helped create the project webpage.

Caroline Davock is a class of 2023 biology major and STRIDE Research Fellow at Smith College. She has written and revised many topic entries and helped design and update the webpage.

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