Visiting Speaker Series: Prof. Nancy Langston
October 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Visiting Lecturer Nancy Langston, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene
Thursday, October 14, 4:00-5:30 pm (central)
in person or via Zoom – TBA
Environmental historian Nancy Langston explores how climate change and the legacies of settler colonialism threaten the future of wildlife in the Anthropocene. She focuses on three “ghost species” in the Great Lakes watershed—woodland caribou, common loons, and lake sturgeon. Ghost species are those that have not gone completely extinct, although they may be extirpated from a particular area. Their traces are still present, whether in DNA, in small fragmented populations, or in lone individuals roaming a desolate landscape in search of a mate. In centering Indigenous efforts at restoration, Langston argues for a measure of hope.