David Gapp

David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology, led a conversation about Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World at the Kirkland Town Library (KTL) on Jan. 23. The discussion was part of the KTL series “Hamilbrary: A Year of Reading with Hamilton College Professors.”

Tambora, by Gillen D’Arcy Wood, was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. It traces the impact of destructive weather resulting from the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in 1815.

Effects of the eruption were felt for more than three years. The volcano’s massive dust cloud changed weather patterns and led to a summer of cold, drought, frost and even snow in 1816, “the year without a summer.”

Professor of Government Gary Wyckoff will be the next Hamilbrary guest. He will lead a discussion of Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness on Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., at the KTL, located at 55½ College Street in Clinton, N.Y.

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