Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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New York Archives Magazine and the Emma Willard School are proud to present author John Perlin, who will discuss legacy of Eunice Newton Foote and her contributions to climate science and feminism.

Tuesday, December 8th
12:30 p.m.

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An early American feminist, inventor, and ground-breaking scientist, Foote’s 1856 discovery serves as a cornerstone of understanding the greenhouse effect, and her feminist activism created the momentum for changes in the civil, social, and political rights of women. Despite these achievements, few have heard of Foote.

Graduate of the Troy Female Seminary class of 1838, which later became the Emma Willard School, Foote's story reveals the deep historical roots of climate change science and demonstrates that women have been making important contributions to climate science for a long time. As Dr. Joe Incandela, UCSB Vice-Chancellor of Research states, “This important history about Eunice Foote needs to hit the main stage in light of its global warming lessons and its revelations about the history of women in science.”

About The speaker

John Perlin began his career at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2002 tasked by Nobel Laureate Dr. Walter Kohn to develop a colloquium on global warming for the university’s science departments. The following year John was hired by the physics department at UCSB to collaborate with Dr. Kohn and fellow Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan Heeger on the film, The Power of the Sun: The History of the Evolution of the Science of Light and Photovoltaics. The film inspired the University of California, Santa Barbara to embrace the solarization of the campus in which John oversaw the placement of photovoltaics on many of its parking structures. He led a symposium at UCSB on May 17, 2018 initiating renewed interest in Eunice Foote, the women who in 1856 discovered the principal cause of Global Warming, and is currently lead curator of an exhibit for the University of California, Santa Barbara on the same subject which opened on October 28, 2019. Click here to take a virtual tour.

John currently is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of four highly acclaimed books on solar energy and forestry: A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology; A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization; From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity; and Let It Shine: The 6000 Year Story of Solar Energy. Harvard University Press has chosen A Forest Journey as one of the one hundred greatest books ever published by the press. A new edition of A Forest Journey will be published by Patagonia Books in the fall of 2021. He has also finished a manuscript on the scientific and feminist work of Eunice Foote and is currently searching for a publisher.

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