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Six O’Clock Series: “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil,” April 1

The Six O’Clock Series will present “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil” at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio room on April 1, 2013.

Oil is a curse, it is often said, that condemns the countries producing it to an existence defined by war, corruption, and enormous inequality. “Carbon Democracy” tells a more complex story, arguing that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil.

Timothy Mitchell, a professor of history at Columbia University, will show the links among democracy, coal, and oil in the past, present, and future. He will also discuss how dependence on oil shapes political life, both in North African and Middle Eastern countries that rely on oil revenues and in Western countries that have the highest oil consumption. His lecture is based on his book Carbon Democracy, to be available at the Coop Store and the IUP Libraries.

Cosponsored by IUP Pan-African Studies, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of International Education, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of English, and other IUP entities.

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