Book Feast: Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present by Philipp Blom
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585) 785-1454
Time: 5:30 PM
Begin the evening at 5:30 p.m. in the designated Book Feast private dining room in the FLCC Student Center and get acquainted with your fellow dinner companions over award-winning wine created by students in FLCC's viticulture program. A gourmet dinner created by students and faculty in the Culinary Arts capstone course will be served at 6 p.m. Participants will then savor four courses and delve into a lively discussion led by an FLCC faculty or community member who will offer a unique perspective on the evening's book selection. Space is limited to 12 guests per evening.
Moderated by Clinton Krager, FLCC Associate Professor of Biology
Although hints of a crisis appeared as early as the 1570s, the temperature by the end of the sixteenth century plummeted so drastically that Mediterranean harbors were covered with ice, birds literally dropped out of the sky, and "frost fairs" were erected on a frozen Thames. Recounting the deep legacy and far-ranging consequences of this "Little Ice Age," acclaimed historian Philipp Blom reveals how the European landscape had suddenly, but ineradicably, changed by the mid-seventeenth century. While apocalyptic weather patterns destroyed entire harvests and incited mass migrations, they gave rise to the growth of European cities, the emergence of early capitalism, and the vigorous stirrings of the Enlightenment. A timely examination of how a society responds to profound and unexpected change, Nature's Mutiny will transform the way we think about climate change in the twenty-first century and beyond.