Lunchtime Lectures is an event series intended to give alumni a taste of their college days.


Dr. Adam Rabinowitz

“The Planet Texas 2050 Grand Challenge: Building Texas Resilience through Transdisciplinary Research at UT”

Wednesday, November 17
noon – 1 p.m.

Planet Texas 2050 is a University of Texas Grand Challenge project established under the aegis of the Bridging Barriers program. Launched in 2017, Planet Texas 2050 seeks to address the challenges that a changing climate and a growing population will pose for Texas over the next 30 years. The goal is to help build a resilient, equitable, and sustainable Texas in the face of those challenges. The project embraces a transdisciplinary approach that not only combines different perspectives from different academic disciplines, but also creates research partnerships with public stakeholders. Planet Texas 2050 research and engagement activities address flooding, biodiversity, sustainable urban development and equity, climate modeling, and the lessons we can learn from the ways people in the past responded to similar challenges. This talk will provide an overview of the development and scope of the Planet Texas 2050 Grand Challenge project, outline the current work of its six flagship projects, and discuss the preliminary results of a few specific research activities and community partnerships. 

Adam Rabinowitz is an associate professor in the Department of Classics and acting director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned a PhD from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan in 2004 and was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 2002. He specializes in the archaeology of Greek colonization, culture-contact, and ancient food and drink. From 2002 to 2014, he carried out excavations and broader cultural heritage work at the site of Chersonesos in Crimea, where his research focused on household and environmental archaeology, and where he experimented with digital documentation strategies. Both his fieldwork at this site and subsequent preparation for its publication led him to become involved with the long-term archival preservation of digital data and the digital dissemination of rich contextual datasets. He is currently developing a multidisciplinary research project (Histria Multiscalar Archaeological Project) in partnership with the Romanian Institute of Archaeology at the site of Histria in Romania. This field project is unfolding in conjunction with the broader Planet Texas 2050 Grand Challenge research initiative at UT, for which he is a founding member and the 2021-22 Chair of the Theme Organizing Committee. With colleagues in Geography, Geosciences, and Integrative Biology, he is the co-PI of the Planet Texas 2050 Stories of Ancient Resilience” flagship project.