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An international conference about the history of climate change — the first of its kind — will take place at Colby College April 1-4. Historians of science and technology and affiliated scholars from around the world will convene in Waterville, Maine, and the public is invited to attend.

The conference, titled Climate and Cultural Anxiety: Historical and Social Perspectives, is international in scope, interdisciplinary in nature, and intergenerational in its inclusion of both graduate and undergraduate students, according to event organizer James Fleming, a professor of science, technology and society at Colby and a leading expert on the history of climate.

The opening plenary session is Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1 of the Olin Science Center. Professor Vladimir Jankovic of the University of Manchester will give a talk titled Show Me the Money: Climate Change and the Economy in 2009. The complete conference schedule is available online. Additional information, including the pre-circulated discussion papers, is available by request from Alice Ridky (

The conference is presented by the Science, Technology and Society program and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Interdisciplinary Studies Division.