SKOWHEGAN — The annual Leeke-Shaw Lecture on International Affairs is set for noon Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Margaret Chase Smith Museum, 56 Norridgewock Ave.

The lecture, presented by Prof. Daniel Sandweiss from the University of Maine, will focus on “El Nino, Disaster, and Resilience on the Coast of Peru.” The societal effects of changing weather patterns over many centuries in the Andes region.

Sandweiss is a geoarchaeologist who studies the effects on cultural development of climate change, particularly the prehistory of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation phenomenon, as well as environmental change, such as rising sea level during the last deglaciation period.

He also investigates the development and organization of complex societies in the coastal setting. Most of his research has taken place in Peru, but he has also worked in Guatemala, Honduras and Cuba.

This talk will be recorded and available on the MSC Library Youtube channel; a link will be available after the program.

Space is limited, so the program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be provided.

Those interested in attending can email or call 207-474-7133 to reserve a spot.


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