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Infrastructure, Art, and Energy. An Afternoon with Richard Hirsh

February 17, 2016IASCollaboratives, Events0

Infrastructure, Art, and Energy

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 2:00-5:30pm
Soap Factory, 514 2nd St SE

Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Sharon Fischlowitz (, 612-624-6148)

Join us for a reading from Arthur Arent’s 1937 Play​, Power: A Living Newspaper, which discusses the creation of public power in the United States, then on to a guided tour of the University of Minnesota’s SE Steam Plant with Jerome Malmquist​. A rare opportunity to meet with fellow policymakers, academics, and industry leaders for discussion, discovery, and a chance to connect about the ever-shifting role energy infrastructure plays in the lives of individuals and society at large, in a unique and exciting setting.

2:00-3:00pm Reading of Exerpts from Power

3:00-4:45pm Tour of SE Steam Plant and Saint Anthony Falls Lab
Visitors to the Steam Plant will need proper footwear (flat, closed, non-slip shoes—no leather bottoms), will need to sign a waiver (provided) and wear a hard hat (provided).

4:45-5:30pm Reception

with Richard Hirsh, professor of History of Technology and Science & Technology Studies at Virginia Tech. Hirsh will also speak on Thursday, Feb 18 on Energy consumption and economic growth: The history (and possible future) of an altered relationship and Friday, Feb 19 on The Neglected Story of Successful Efforts to Energize Farms in the 1920s and Early 1930s.

This event is sponsored by the IAS Combined Heat and Power Collaborative, the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Institute on the Environment.

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