Michael Klare to Kick Off Energy Lecture Series

WASHINGTON, PA (Nov. 9, 2012)—Dr. Michael Klare, director and professor of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies in Amherst, Mass., will present the first in Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) new Energy Lecture Series, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Howard J. Burnett Center’s Yost Auditorium.

Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, energy geopolitics and the international arms trade. He 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); and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (2004). He also is the defense correspondent for 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.

The Energy Lecture Series is an initiative of W&J’s Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM). The lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is suggested. Register by sending an email indicating your name and intention of attending to energycenter@washjeff.edu. Upcoming lectures include:

  • On Feb. 6, 2013, the Center will present the Rational Middle Energy Series, a series of short films by director/producer Jeffrey Kallenberg that explores the rhetorical and informational challenges facing American society in crafting a viable energy future. According to Diane Stares, director of the CEPM, 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 will include John Hines, government relations advisor for Shell Oil Company; George Jugovic, president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future; Bracken Burns, former commissioner for Washington County; and Tim Puko, energy and environment reporter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The panel will be moderated by John Ubinger, senior vice president of Pennsylvania Environmental Council. 
  • The next lecture, March 5, 2013, will feature Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor of Boingboing.net and author of one of the most-read blogs in the U.S. 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.” 
  • The Energy Series will conclude April 10, 2013, 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, 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. 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.

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Michael Klare to Kick Off Energy Lecture Series