Dancing with Disaster: Environmental Histories, Narratives and Ethics for Perilous Times

Kate Rigby examines a variety of past disasters, from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to the mega-hurricanes of the twenty-first century, revealing the dynamic interaction of diverse human and nonhuman factors in their causation, unfolding, and aftermath. Focusing on the link between the ways disasters are framed by the stories told about them and how people tend to respond to them in practice, Rigby also shows how works of narrative fiction invite ethical reflection on human relations with one another, with our often unruly earthly environs, and with other species in the face of eco-catastrophe.

"The Desert and the Garden: Climate as Attractor and Obstacle in the Settlement History of the Western United States"

This article examines climate and perceptions of climate as factors in the migration and settlement history of the western United States. It focuses on two regions of great interest in the nineteenth century: The so-called Great American Desert in the western Great Plains and the Mexican state of Alta California, which after 1848 became the US state of California.

The 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

The 1928 hurricane that hit Okeechobee was one of the most severe hurricanes in US history. It caused more than 4,000 fatalities as well as widespread damage in the Florida area.