Living-Learning Center | Energy: Science, Policy
L320 | 1048 | Bent


Current patterns of energy use in the United States and other developed
countries are without question unsustainable. The insatiable American
appetite for fossil fuels creates numerous problems: it increases pollution,
contributes to global warming, subjects us to major price fluctuations, and has
major influence on U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, home to
roughly two-thirds of the world’s proven oil reserves. In this interdisciplinary
seminar course, we will study global energy and environmental problems
from a wide range of perspectives, with emphasis on understanding how the
different disciplinary approaches are interrelated. The course will be based
on the recent book Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability,
edited by Robert Bent, Lloyd Orr, and Randall Baker of Indiana University. For
a brief description of this book and an overview of what topics the seminar will
cover, see www.islandpress.com (search on Robert Bent or the title of the
book) and www.indiana.edu/~bentweb (Bent’s personal web page).

Students must sign up for one of the following times through Catherine
Hawkes (chawkes@indiana.edu) to meet with Professor Bent for
authorization:

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00
Monday, Nov. 3, 9:00-11:00 and 3:00-5:00
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9:00-11:00 and 3:00-5:00