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2012 Roundtable on Post-Communism

Pipeline"Energy and Conservation"

April 6, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM:
IMU Dogwood Room

Format | Morning Session
Afternoon Session | Co-Sponsors | Poster

See each session for participants and reading materials.


A public roundtable is featured in the morning followed by a seminar in the afternoon regarding the pedagogical challenges of teaching "energy and conservation". The roundtable focuses on a question that is circulated in advance to the roundtable panelists. Each panelist prepares a 1000-word statement in response to a brief (150-200 word) “provocation”—a statement and series of questions. This question and brief initial responses by each panelist are posted in advance, so that all who attend the roundtable are familiar with the core question and the positions of the panelists. At the morning panel, the moderator will introduce the themes and questions of the panel, the participants, and will then ask two commentators to speak for 10-15 minutes, after which each panel presenter will have 10 minutes to address the questions posed by the commentator and to comment on other papers on that panel. Our practice is to designate as commentators scholars who can broaden the multidisciplinary and comparative reach of the panel rather than people who replicate the expertise of the three main panelists. After this the floor is open for discussion. In the afternoon, the focus of discussion shifts to effective pedagogies for teaching courses on topics related to the morning session. Three selected presenters will discuss three different pedagogical challenges and join with all participants in an exploration of approaches to communicating these complex issues to students in different settings (two year colleges, four year colleges, and research universities). Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend and participate informally in the discussion.

Morning Session

Research Roundtable: "Energy and Conservation"
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IMU Dogwood Room


Scott O'BryanScott O'Bryan, Associate Professor of History (Indiana University)

Scott O'Bryan will moderate the morning session. His research interests include the history of social science, consumption and mass consumer culture, environmental history, urban history, and peace history. He has written about twentieth-century forms of statistical knowledge within political-economics and about the rise of the idea of limits in economic and environmental thought.


China's Environmental ChallengesJudith Shapiro, Director, Dual Degree in Natural Resource and Sustainable Development (American University, Washington D.C.)

Judith Shapiro is the director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development for the School of International Service at American University. She was one of the first Americans to live in China after U.S.-China relations were normalized in 1979, and taught English at the Hunan Teachers’ College in Changsha, China. She has also taught at Villanova, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Southwest Agricultural University in Chongqing, China.

Professor Shapiro’s research and teaching focus on global environmental politics and policy, the environmental politics of Asia, and Chinese politics under Mao. She is the author, co-author or editor of six books, including Mao’s War against Nature (Cambridge University Press 2001), Son of the Revolution (with Liang Heng, Knopf 1983), After the Nightmare (with Liang Heng, Knopf 1987), Cold Winds, Warm Winds: Intellectual Life in China Today (with Liang Heng, Wesleyan University Press 1987), Debates on the Future of Communism (co-edited with Vladimir Tismaneanu, (Palgrave 1991), and, together with her mother Joan Hatch Lennox, Lifechanges: How Women Can Make Courageous Choices (Random House, 1991). Her book Mao’s War against Nature inspired a documentary film, “Waking the Green Tiger” (2011). Her early experiences in China were made into a television feature film starring Melissa Gilbert. Dr. Shapiro’s latest project is a textbook for Polity Press called China’s Environmental Challenges, expected to be published in 2012.

Business and the State in Contemporary RussiaPeter Rutland, Professor of Government (Wesleyan University)

Peter Rutland has taught at Wesleyan since 1989. Before that he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and at the University of York and London University in the UK. He has a BA from Oxford and a D. Phil from York. He has been a visiting Fulbright professor at the European University in St. Petersburg and at Sophia University in Tokyo. From 1995-97 he was on leave from Wesleyan and served as assistant director of the Open Media Research Institute attached to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague.

His research interests focus on all things Russian and places "where the Russian boot has trod" (Nicholas II) in the former Soviet Union and the former East Europe. He started off studying workers and the Communist Party, moving on to broader questions of economic policy in the socialist and post-socialist economies. Along the way he studied nationalism and ethnic conflict in the region. In 2002-03 he made field trips to study the dynamics of national identity in Azerbaijan, Abkhazia and Mary-El. He is on the program committee for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Peter Thomson, Director of the Sustainable Development Department of the Europe and Central Asia Region (World Bank)

Peter Thomson is Director of the Sustainable Development Department of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank. He is responsible for the Bank’s activities in energy, transportation, water and sanitation, agriculture, rural and urban development, environment and social development in the 29 countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS that make up the Europe and Central Asia Region. The portfolio includes over 200 projects under implementation, with associated lending of over US$10 billion, and over 60 projects under preparation with projected lending amounts in excess of US$3.5 billion. The Department consists of 209 professional World Bank staff located in 23 countries (as of year-end 2006).

Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Thomson worked for 25 years in the private sector primarily with Mobil Corporation where he held a variety of management positions in both the United States and Europe including the positions of Manager of the Corporate Economics Department, President and General manager of the Mobil Companies in Turkey, Vice President, Accounting Finance and Systems for Mobil Europe, Head of Mobil Solar Inc, and Assistant Treasurer for Mobil Corporation.

Provocation and Responses


Gardner Bovingdon, Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies (Indiana University)

Professor Bovingdon earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2002. His research interests include politics in contemporary Xinjiang, the history of modern Xinjiang, historiography in China and nationalism and ethnic conflict. Courses he recently taught include The History of Xinjiang to 1911, From Colony to Kingdom to Province: Politics in Modern Xinjiang, The Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia, Grave-robbers, and Missionaries, and Spies: Foreign Adventurers in Chinese Turkistan and he was awarded the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award (Yale) in 2000. Professor Bovington also recently published The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land by Columbia University Press (2010).

Matthew Auer

Matthew Auer, Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Indiana University).

Professor Auer earned an MALD (1990) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and his Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in 1996. His research interests include the intersection of foreign aid and sustainable development, international forest policy, energy efficiency, public administration, environmental education and undergraduate honors education. He is also the Dean of Hutton Honors College at Indiana University.

Afternoon Session

Pedagogical Challenges: "Teaching Energy and Conservation in a Post-Communist World"
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
IMU Dogwood Room


Padraic Kenney, Professor of History, Director of the Russian and East European Institute (Indiana University)

Padraic Kenney will moderate the afternoon session. Currently, Padraic is researching a book on political prisoners in the twentieth-century world. In this project, he reaches as far back as Poland under Tsarist Russian rule, and as far afield as South Africa and Ireland, to investigate whether there are common experiences in the political prisoner’s cell that might help us to understand this loneliest of political protests. Courses he teaches include several that center on the experience of communism or on political protest, as well as courses in Eastern European and Polish History.


Zhimin Lin, Associate Professor, Political Science and Chair of Chinese and Japanese Studies Program (Valparaiso University)

Zhimin Lin was born in China in 1954 and received his bachelor degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, his Master's degree from Princeton, and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. A specialist on China and East Asia, Professor Lin has done extensive research on Chinese Politics and international relations in the Asia-Pacific area. Many of his works have appeared in professional journals and books. Professor Lin is now working on two book projects. One is focused on China's changing central-local relations, and the other is on the prospect of modernization of China's diplomacy.

Russia’s Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917

Sergei Zhuk, Associate Professor of History (Ball State University)

Dr. Sergei I. Zhuk is Associate Professor of History at Ball State University. A former Professor of American history at Dnipropetrovsk University in Ukraine, Dr. Zhuk moved to the United States in 1997, where he defended his new (now American) Ph.D. dissertation at the Johns Hopkins University in Russian history in 2002. He is the author of many works on Russian, Ukrainian and US history, including Russia’s Lost Reformation: Peasants and Radical Religious Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1905 and Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press. Since 2003 Dr. Zhuk has taught Russian, Soviet, and East European History at Ball State University. With special attention to a personal story of Soviet Russian historian Nikolai Bolkhovitinov, he is now writing a book on the social and cultural history of American Studies in Russia and Ukraine after Stalin.

Andrew Buck, Assistant Professor of Sociology (University of Southern Indiana)

Andrew Buck is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern Indiana. He has interests in Russian society, economic sociology, political sociology and social network analysis. He has recently published articles on these topics in journals, including Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Sociological Forum, Europe-Asia Studies and Studies in Comparative International Development. He teaches courses on social movements, economic sociology and social networks that draw heavily on material from the post-communist world. Dr. Buck earned his undergraduate degree in Russian language and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate degrees in sociology at Cornell and Columbia Universities. He studied at Moscow State University as an exchange student in the spring of 1991 and has worked and conducted research for years in Russia since then.


Indiana University Russian & East European Institute, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, East Asian Studies Center, Center for the Study of Global Change, IU Center for International Business Education & Research, European Union Center