Sunday Supper - Mar

with guest; Harvard Professor Michael McCormick

Goelet Professor of Medieval History


Sunday Suppers is a casual dinner where new ideas and stimulating conversation is the main fare. The guest speaker leads an informal discussion based on their work or a topic of interest. Attendance is limited so that the conversation is more personal and happens over the dinner table. Each attendee orders their own meal. Their biography will be circulated among membership, and reservations are open to alumni club members only on a first-come, first-served basis.

COST: $15.00 reserves your space at the table and contributes towards the speaker's meal. Each guest is responsible for his/her check. Reservations are open to alumni Club members (plus one guest) only on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP: Event is limited to the first twelve people.

SPEAKER: Michael McCormick


Born on the banks of the Erie Canal, Michael McCormick received his Ph.D. from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 1979. He served on the faculty of the Department of History of the Johns Hopkins University from 1979 to 1991; was Research Associate at Dumbarton Oaks from 1979 to 1987, and has been at Harvard since 1991, where he is the Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chairs the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past (SoHP: including videos of McCormick in action).

Professor McCormick has pioneered scientific approaches to studying the fall of the Roman Empire and the origins of Europe. His books include the prize-winning Origins of the European Economy (2002) and Charlemagne’s Survey of the Holy Land (2011); he led the first multi-proxy scientific and historical reconstruction of climate under the Roman Empire (Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43 (2012)). He co-authored one study which has defined a new “Little Ice Age” in Late Antiquity (Nature Geoscience 9 (2016)), and another which reconstructed the genome of the 6th-century bacillus of bubonic plague that devastated the Roman Empire (Molecular Biology and Evolution (2016) 33 (11)). He is the Director in Cambridge of the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, a new transatlantic research center created jointly with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and focusing initially on the molecular and archaeological discovery of ancient diseases and the genetics of migration in the ancient Mediterranean. He also edits the free, student-created online Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (, and is active archaeologically in France and Spain.  A dedicated teacher and mentor to Harvard undergraduates, our students, participants in HAA tours, and the general public prize the liveliness of his engaging presentations.


Sunday, 03/4/18 at 6:30pm | iCal


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Look Who's Coming:

Robert Hahn
Guest of Robert Hahn
Henry Wu
Julian Bene
Amy Lederberg
Jesse Elison
Michael McNeil
... a total of 7 guests.
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