December 06, 2008

Eisenbergy Institute: "Violence and the Politics of Oil;" A Conversation with Timothy Mitchell and Juan Cole

Thursday, December 6th
1014 Tisch Hall

For more information on Tim Mitchell, visit

Presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies,

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October 24, 2008

1000 Pitches Initiative Presented by MPowered and the Center for Entrepenuership

Submissions due by October 5, 2008.

During the month of September, students, staff and faculty at the University of Michigan can pitch their ideas for new inventions, businesses, and non-profit organizations in the 1000Pitches Initiative. Awards of $1,000 will be given to the top pitches in each category.

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October 17, 2008

PitE Panel: Environ 320, Environmental Journalism

Friday, October 17th
1028 Dana Building

The class, "High Prices at the Pump: The Gas Shortage and Other Energy Dilemmas," has been especially fascinating, given present energy conditions. Also, there are a great number of speakers in this fuel efficiency class, and they are all prestigious representatives who are intricately involved developing or covering upcoming fuel efficiency and general energy policy. They are: Joe White, Detroit Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, Keith Naughton, Detroit Bureau Chief, for Newsweek, Bill Vlasic, New York Times reporter, Matt Kevnick, senior principal engineer for Toyota Motor Corporation, Frank Fodale, with Chrysler’s Powertrain Integration and Fuel Economy Division and John Decicco, senior research fellow at The Environmental Defense Fund.

For more information on PitE, Program in the Environment, visit

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October 15, 2008

Science Café: Winds of Change: Great Lakes Wind Power

Wednesday, 10/15/2008; 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
At Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor.

U-M Research Scientist Duncan Callaway (Natural Resources & Environment and Mechanical Engineering) and U-M Professor Tom Lyon (Business Economics and Natural Resources and Environment) explore the politics, business and science of Great Lakes wind energy. Join them to discuss how Michigan can increase its wind energy production and the effect that might have on farms, wildlife, and factories. How valuable is Michigan’s wind resource? Is our manufacturing industry re-tooling to support wind energy? Politically, how can we facilitate smart energy policy to encourage wind power in our state and nationally? Sponsored by the Energy Futures Theme Semester of the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub.

Science Cafes are informal discussions of science and society with U-M faculty and practitioners.Join us for hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 and a brief presentation at 6:00 pm, followed by discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Everyone is welcome and invited to purchase additional food and beverages.

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September 06, 2008

Russ Ford, Vice President Technical of Shell speaks on "The Energy Challenge"

Friday, September 12
1528 CC Little Building
9:30 AM.

Geological Sciences is hosting a lecture on September 12 by Russ Ford,
Vice President Technical, EP Americas, Shell Exploration and Production

Reception to follow in 2540 CC Little Bldg.

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September 02, 2008

Eisenberg Institute: Carbon Democracy by Tim Mitchell

Tuesday, December 4th
1014 Tisch Hall

States that depend upon oil revenues appear to be less democratic than other states. Yet oil presents a much larger problem for democracy: faced with the threats of oil depletion and catastrophic climate change, the democratic machineries that emerged to govern the age of carbon energy seem to be unable to address the processes that may end it. This paper explores these multiple dimensions of carbon democracy, by examining the intersecting histories of coal, oil, and democracy in the twentieth century. Following closely the methods by which fossil fuels were produced, distributed, and converted into other forms of socio-technical organization, financial circulation, and political power, the paper traces ways in which the concentration and control of energy flows could open up democratic possibilities or close them down; how connections were engineered in the postwar period between the flow of oil and the flows of international finance, on which democratic stability was thought to depend; how these same circulations made possible the emergence of the economy and its unlimited growth as the main object of democratic politics; and how the relations among forms of energy, finance, economic knowledge, democracy, and violence were transformed in the 1967-74 oil-dollar-Middle East crises.

For more information on Tim Mitchell, visit

Presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies,

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Sue Cishke of Ford Motor Company

Friday, October 3rd
Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center

Hosted by the School of Natural Resources and Enviornment, the College of Engineering, and the Graham Institute. Sue Cishke is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering at Ford Motor Company.

Part of the Dean's Speaker Series for the School of Natural Resources and Environment,

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Carbon Symposium

Friday, September 12th
University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheatre, 4th Floor

The Ross Energy Club’s 1st Annual Carbon Symposium will provide educational and professional insights into the emerging importance of carbon in our economy. Visit for more information on the Carbon Symposium schedule, as well as to register for the event.
Registration Required.

Sponsors: Michigan Ross School of Business and Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

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Louis Bailoni Speaks on Energy Sustainability in the Automotive Sector

Tuesday, September 9th
Location: TBA

Louis Bailoni is the Director of Ricardo Strategic Consulting. Go to for more details on the event.

Presented by the Ross Energy Club,

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Mike Wiley

Tuesday, September 16th
2024 Dana Building, University of Michigan Campus

Lecture by Professor Mike Wiley to celebrate the Theodore Roosevelt Chair at the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Reception to follow the lecture.

Part of the Dean's Speaker Series for the School of Natural Resources and Environment,

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August 28, 2008

2008 University of Michigan Energy Fest

Tuesday, September 9th
University of Michigan Central Campus Diag
Musical entertainment by Justine Blazer from noon to 1

Thursday, September 11th
University of Michigan North Campus Portico Plaza

The 13th Annual University of Michigan Energy Fest 2008 will showcase the University's efforts and commitment to energy conservation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy technologies. University and other affiliated organizations will be available with information and displays that identify opportunities to conserve energy and contribute to a sustainable society. The event is free and open to the public. Go to for more information.

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