Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Medieval Environments Lectures

Medieval Environments Lectures

The Medieval Studies Center of Loyola University Chicago, with the co-sponsorship of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, presents this year’s lecture series: “Medieval Environments”

To understand the present, we must understand the past. This is as true of global environmental issues as of other topics. Over the course of the year, seven internationally-known speakers from various disciplines will present their research on aspects of medieval environmental issues and how they illuminate the present. Unless noted, all talks will be at 4:00 pm in IES 123-124

When?            SpeakerTopic

 October 1, 2018

4:00 PM

IES 123

Monica H. Green from Arizona State University. 

She is the author of Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death (Amsterdam: Arc Medieval Press, 2015) and other books and articles on the history of disease and medicine.

A New Story of the Black Death

November 2, 2018

4:00 P.M.

IES 123

Paolo Squatriti from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

He is the author of Landscape and Change in Early Medieval Italy: Chestnuts, Economy, and Culture Cambridge (University Press. Cambridge, 2013); editor of Natures Past.  The Environment and Human History, (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2007.

Saint Augustine in the Garden

November 12, 2018

4:00 P.M.

IES 123

Ellen Arnold from Ohio Wesleyan University.

She is the author of Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes, U Pennsylvania Press, 2012

Rivers and Riverscapes in the Early Middle Ages

February 4, 2019

4:00 P.M.

IES 123


Vicki Szabo from Western Carolina University. 

She is the author of Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic (Brill, 2008); director (2018) of NSF funded project, " Assessing the Distribution and Variability of Marine Mammals through Archaeology, Ancient DNA, and History in the North Atlantic ."

Marine Mammals of the Medieval North Atlantic

February 25, 2019

4:00 P.M.

Klarcheck Commons, 4th Floor

Malcolm Hughes from Arizona State University. He is the Regents’ Professor of Climatology, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. 

Hughes has authored and co-authored over a hundred articles, including “Spatial and temporal characteristics of climate in medieval times revisited. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (2011) and “Global Signatures and Dynamical Origins of the “Little Ice Age” and “Medieval Climate Anomaly”.  Science. 326 (2009).

Climate Change in the Common Era

March 25, 2019

4:00 P.M.

IES 123

Rosemary O’Neill from Kenyon College, Ohio.

She is working on a book linking medieval estates management, accounting practices, and the ethics of land stewardship.

Saving Land and Souls

April 8, 2019

4:00 P.M.

IES 123


Marica Cassis from University of Calgary

Director of Byzantine Project, Çadir Höyük archaeological site in Turkey; co-author of The Climate and Environment of Byzantine Anatolia: Integrating Science, History, and Archaeology, Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2014).

Agriculture and Culture in Medieval Anatolia