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On Friday, May 2, Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a public lecture, “Climate, Conflict, and Historical Method,” at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. Di Cosmo will discuss how historians can contribute to investigating the relationships between climate change, ecology and human activity. In addition to searching for anthropogenic climate change, scientific research is making available volumes of data on the possible correlations between environmental change and social transformations over long periods of time. Yet, how strong and how precise a correlation one might be able to establish between phenomena like droughts, floods and volcanic eruptions and the emergence of conflict, the migration of peoples or the collapse of civilizations, remain open questions.