Oil and Water: The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010, Fall 2010
CFAN 3480, Section 4, 3 credits
M 4:05-4:55 & W 4:05-6:00
Location: B25 Classroom Office Building, St Paul Campus
Instructor: Robert Gilmer (email@example.com), History
Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Science.
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In the wake of one of the largest environmental disasters in United States history, this course explores the many problems and paradoxes associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
This course meets the Technology and Society Liberal Education requirement by exploring not only the technical and scientific issues involved in the Gulf Oil Spill, but also its ethical and societal implications. Through class readings, discussions, assignments, and guest speakers, we will approach the Gulf Oil Spill from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as law, economics, history, engineering, and conservation biology. This interdisciplinary approach will not only give you a fuller understanding of the complex issues involved in the spill, but will also provide you with a skill set for dealing with future conflicts over the effects of technology on our changing societies and environments.
September 13, Gulf History and Ecology
September 20, Oil Spills and Regulation
September 22, Zygmunt Plater, former chair of Alaska’s Legal Task Force following the Exxon Valdez disaster
Question and Answer
September 29, Windmills Not Oil Spills: Turning the Tide on America’s Energy Future
October 4, The Politics of Oil
October 6, Juliet Schor, Plenitude
October 25, Containing the Spill
October 27, Justin Revenaugh
Guest lecture by Justin Revenaugh, a seismologist and professor of Geology at the University of Minnesota
November 1, The Media, Katrina, and International Perspectives
November 8, Economic Effects: Tourism, Fishing, and the Moratorium
November 15, The Clean Up
November 22, Reconstructing the Gulf, Part 1
November 29, Reconstructing the Gulf, Part 2
December 1, Don Davis
December 6, Barry Lehrman
The course was featured on the front page of the Star Tribune on June 24. The story profiling the course offering, instructor Robert Gilmer, and the IAS and its director, Prof. Ann Waltner, is also featured on CNN.com’s “Intriguing People” blog, on HuffingtonPost.com, the website of the Washington Post, and in the June 23 edition of The Minnesota Daily.
To find out more about the course and its background, view or download the Bat of Minerva discussion with Rob Gilmer or read this interview by IAS graduate assistant Amir Hussain: oil and water article.