This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer How Weather Has Shaped Human History Evening Lecture/Seminar Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET Code: 1H0745 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, 1935 Droughts, blizzards, hurricanes, dust storms, typhoons, and floods. Dramatic weather might seem to be a new phenomenon, but weather and climate change have been shaping human history for thousands of years. Caroline Winterer, a professor of history at Stanford University, shares a series of weather-driven turning points that were strong enough to force migration, end wars, and create famines. From the ancient world, when melting glaciers drove human migrations, to droughts that helped to spread the plague, to Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia, to the dustbowl that compelled many Americans to flee further West, to the lasting consequences of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, climate’s inexorable power has changed who we are and where we can live. We may think we can conquer weather, but weather is actually in control. Winterer takes a look back at epochal climatic turning points to share insights into the aftermath of past climate change, and how it might affect us going forward. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom.