Cultural Studies Hosts Interdisciplinary Symposium on Oil

Posted: December 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Cultural Studies Program will present an interdisciplinary symposium covering issues surrounding oil on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Mason Hall, Edwin Meese III Conference Room, on the Fairfax Campus.

The symposium, which features Mason faculty members and guests from Stanford University and Hampshire College, will be presented in two parts.

Part One: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Presenters are

  • Lisa Breglia, assistant director, Global Affairs, “Mexican Oil: Pemex and Privatization”
  • Michael Malouf, assistant professor, English, “Oil and Consumer Culture”
  • Ming Wan, professor, Public and International Affairs, “China and Africa: Oil, Trade and Relations”
  • Paul Smith, professor, Cultural Studies Program, “The Founding of OPEC in 1960”

The commentator is John Dale, assistant professor, Sociology and Anthropology.

Part Two: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Presenters are

  • Terry Lynn Karl, professor of political science and Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies at Stanford University. She is an internationally recognized expert on the politics of oil and the author the prize-winning “The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States, Oil Wars” (with Mary Kaldor and Yahia Said), as well as “Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor” (with Ian Gary).
  • Michael T. Klare, the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. He is world renowned for his work on international resources, armaments and wars. He is the author of the acclaimed “Resource War: The New Landscape of Global Conflict, Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum.” His new book is “Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.”

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