Washington & Jefferson College is proud to announce the 2012-2013 W&J Energy Lecture Series presenters.
Dr. Michael Klare, the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and the Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, in Amherst, Massachusetts, will present our first lecture on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Dr. Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, energy geopolitics, and the international arms trade, and is the author of several books, the most recent of which are The Race For What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources (2012); Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2008), Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (2004), and Resource Wars (2001). He is also the defense correspondent of The Nation magazine and a Contributing Editor of Current History, and serves on various non-governmental organizations in the peace, disarmament, and human rights fields.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Yost Auditorium in the Howard J. Burnett Center at 7 PM, the Center will present the Rational Middle Energy Series, a series of short films by Director/Producer Gregory Kallenberg that explores the rhetorical and informational challenges facing American society in crafting a viable energy future. The film series will be followed by a panel discussion of interested stakeholders which will simulate what a rational conversation about energy should involve. Panelists include George Jugovic, President and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Bracken Burns, former Commissioner for Washignton County, Tim Puko, Energy and Environment Reporter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Sylvie Tran, Development Manager for Shell Oil Company. The Panel will be moderated by John Ubinger, Senior Vice President of Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Our next lecture, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Yost Auditorium in the Howard J. Burnett Center at 6:30 PM,will feature Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor of Boingboing.net, one of the most read blogs in the United States. Ms. Koerth-Baker also writes a monthly column, “Eureka” for The New York Times Magazine that examines the intersection of science and culture. She is a freelance science journalist whose work has appeared in such magazines as Discover, Popular Science, and New Scientist, and is the author of the best-selling book, Before the Lights Go Out. She will lecture on “The Past, Present and Future of America’s Electric Infrastructure.”
We will conclude our 2012-2013 Energy Series on Wednesday, April 8, 2013 in Yost Auditorium in the Howard J. Burnett Center at 7 PM,with a lecture by Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance where he conducts research, writes articles, and convenes roundtables on energy policy issues. Prior to joining Stanford, Mr. Ball served as the Environment Editor for The Wall Street Journal where he wrote extensively about topics such as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, created and was the founding editor of “Environmental Capital”, a blog about energy and the environment, and helped conceive and was host/moderator of ECOnomics, an annual Journal conference on energy and the environment. Mr. Ball’s lecture will address the intensifying race among companies and countries to corner the clean-energy market, and the implications of that race for consumers and the planet.
The lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is suggested. Please register by sending an email indicating your name and intention of attending to firstname.lastname@example.org.