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IBS Speaker Series: Marcy Rockman
April 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join in person or via Zoom, email email@example.com for the password. *Light lunch served at 11:45, please RSVP. Title: Learning How to Live Here: Some Steps in Building Stronger Connections Between Climate Change, Archaeology and Heritage, Social Science, and Policy Abstract: Archaeology and heritage are strangely invisible in US approaches to climate change. Strange because all communities hold history and heritage. They underlie our senses of place and who we are. They are part of the social sciences that help shape our understanding of how the modern world is and has come to be. But US policy for archaeology and heritage still frames them primarily as things, and national and global definitions of climate change speak foremost in terms of atmospheric models, ecosystem impacts, and economics. This talk will explore how these can be brought together for stronger practical effect – from efforts to improve climate justice and equity to specific steps to improve incorporation in global projects such as reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Bio: Marcy Rockman, Ph.D., RPA is currently Associate Research Professor with the University of Maryland, College Park and Director/Founder of Lifting Rocks LLC. Her major publications include Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World, and the US National Park Service Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy. Marcy is one of the leading researchers/practitioners in the emerging field of climate change and heritage. An archaeologist by training, her primary research is how humans gather, remember, and share environmental information, particularly during migration and colonization. For the past 12 years, she’s served in several science and policy roles in Washington, DC, including the lead role for climate and heritage with the US National Park Service and co-chair of the IPCC Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage, and Climate. In this talk she’ll bring elements of all of these together with climate storytelling and a recent practical “what next?” question from Congressional staff.