Video/Microlecture: Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities and History Classrooms

A panel discussion titled ‘Teaching Climate Change: Perspectives from History and the Humanities’ hosted by the Not Even Past platform of the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. The roundtable features Stephanie LeMenager,  University of Oregon, Carlos E. Ramos Scharron, University of Texas at Austin, and Emily Wakild, Boise State University. Panel discussants include Erika M. Bsumek, University of Texas at Austin and Megan Raby, University of Texas at Austin. This video includes presentations and discussions by 

  1. Stephanie LeMenager “Climate Change Has No Discipline”
  2. Carlos E. Ramos Scharron “Cambio Climático: Covering Climate Change as a Topic in a Latin American Studies Program”
  3. Emily Wakild “Why Teaching Climate History is a Spiritual and Moral Imperative”

LeMenager discusses her co-edited book, ‘Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities’, with Drs. Stephen Siperstein and Shane Hall and ways to integrate climate science and climate change in the Humanities classrooms.

Ramos-Scharrón discusses some courses he teaches in Latin American Studies courses and how climate change is critical in understanding environmental challenges in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Wakild discusses how climate change can be integrated with syllabi in History courses. She specifically discusses examples that history teachers can use in their classrooms and how the moral and cultural dimensions of climate change may be a natural area of discussion for the Humanities and History.

Students will understand the importance of the Humanities in understanding climate change. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How can the Humanities contribute towards our understanding of climate change?
  2. What are the moral and cultural dimensions of climate change that the Humanities can help in our understanding of the climate crisis?
  3. Discuss ways in which climate change education can be integrated with the curriculum in the Humanities and History. 

About the Tool 

Tool NameRoundtable: “Teaching Climate Change: Perspectives from History and the Humanities”
DisciplineHumanities, History
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview
Climate Topic Climate Literacy; Climate and Society
Type of tool Video/Microlecture (1 hr 36 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Developed byNot Even Past platform of Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin
Hosted atYouTube
Computer SkillsBasic
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