Historian Sam White, assistant professor of history, Ohio State University, will speak about “Shewing the difference betweene their conjuration, and our invocation on the name of God for rayne: Weather, Prayer and Magic in Early American Encounters” from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.
The talk will explore early-American encounters with extreme weather of the Little Ice Age and the struggle of Christians and their native hosts for supernatural influence over the weather. White will offer insights into the mental world of early settlers and Native Americans, and the challenges both faced from Little Ice Age extremes. White has published widely on the Little Ice Age and its influence on human history.
The event is hosted by the Department of History and is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Environmental Studies Program.