Around 800 CE, the Vikings began to settle in two main areas, Greenland and Iceland, yet these two populations saw entirely different fates. Dr. Thomas McGovern, an anthropologist and zooarchaeologist at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, has been conducting research on the Vikings and the ways they lived to determine what caused one group to completely die out, and the other group to thrive. From his work, Dr. McGovern has a message on the importance of sustainability and what we can learn from the history of the Vikings.

After receiving his B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, Dr. McGovern began teaching at Hunter College 32 years ago. For the last 19 years, Dr. McGovern has also been the coordinator for the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO), which seeks to establish community and collaboration among the variety of scholars and disciplines working in the North Atlantic’s island ecosystems.  Dr. McGovern has performed fieldwork across the world, but his focus on European Expansion during the Viking Age has led him to study extensively in the North Atlantic.


Monday, November 7, 2011, 6-7 PM
Kouzan Restaurant (93rd and Amsterdam)
Dr. Thomas McGovern
, Hunter College
Sustainability and Collapse: Lessons from the Vikings

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