Public Talks 2016-17

“World History Roundtable:  World History and Programs Abroad.” World History Association Annual Conference.  June 23, 2017.  Boston, MA.

“Integrating Water and the Humanities:  Social Studies and World History Teacher Trainings in Secondary and Higher Education.”  International Water History Association.  Annual Conference.   June 15, 2017.  Grand Rapids, MI.

“Disability and Undergraduate Education: Promoting Inclusion and Understanding through General Education and Service Learning” with Lisa Porter, Professor of Theatre and Dance, and Joanna Boval, Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities. April 19, 2017.   UC San Diego.

“General Education and Persianate Culture and History:  A Case Study from one American University.”   The Eighth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies.  March 9-13, 2017. Shiraz, Iran. **This conference was canceled on January 30, 2017 due to mutual bans between the governments of Iran and the United States.  This paper will be presented in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2018.**


The Glory of Byzantium: Reflections on the Byzantine Empire.”  Five-Session Master Class. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. UC San Diego. May 10 – June 7, 2017. May 10: The Making of Byzantium; May 17: The Age of Justinian; May 24: The Imperial Centuries; May 31: Byzantium in the Age of the Crusades; June 7: From Byzantine to Ottoman:  Interpreting 1453.

“Water and World History:  Themes for Teaching.” Teacher Training.    San Diego County Office of Education.    Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Wilderness & Enlightenment:  On the Value of Desert in the Western Religious and Historical Tradition, from Biblical Sojourns to Southern California.”  The Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center (Borrego Springs, CA). Anza Borrego Desert Foundation. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Field Excursion in the West Butte area on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

water-flyer“(Fresh) Water and World History:  Foundation of Civilization – Past and Present.” Teacher Training. The History Project at UC San Diego.   Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.

Wasteland or Wonderland?:  Shifting Cultural perceptions of desert environments, from Genesis to Joshua Tree.Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. UC San Diego. August 2, 2016.

“From the Cursed to the Beautiful: Changing Perceptions of Desert Environments, from Adam to Abbey.”   San Diego Museum of Art, Public Lecture Series, Feb. 19, 2016.

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