Rice: Unconventional Wisdom
Lecture/Lecture Series
Humanities Research Center
Speaker: Kairn Klieman
Associate Professor of History
University of Houston

  U.S. Oil Companies, the Lend-Lease Program, and American Diplomacy in Africa, 1940-45
Friday, December 9, 2011
4:00 PM  to 6:00 PM
Kyle Morrow Room  Fondren Library
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

How do we understand the choices we are making about energy and the environment? What are the psychological and cultural factors at work in various energy and environmental conflicts? How does context and history impact how we envision and institute energy transition projects? What factors structure decision-making? How is knowledge about energy and the environment made, altered, and communicated? And finally, as we grapple with energy in the twenty-first century, what do we potentially gain, what might we lose, and why? The Cultures of Energy lecture series hope to answer these questions. When leading humanists engage in multi-disciplinary collaboration with other humanists, social scientists, and scientists, these questions yield answers that have the potential to transform the way we see and attempt to solve energy and environmental issues.


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