ANTH 3300 Energy, Culture and Society

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Duluth Power Dialog Poster

ANTH 3300 Energy, Culture and Society
During Spring Semester 2016 students in ANTH 3300 researched local energy issues and hosted a dialogue with ten community leaders (city council members, state representatives, community activists, and others) who responded from the stage to students' questions about how Duluth is mitigating and adapting to climate change in its use, policy, and practices of energy. We look forward to our next student-hosted Duluth Power Dialog in April 2018!

ANTH 3300 Energy, Culture and Society course description:

This course takes a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary view of energy. It examines the history of energy generation and use in the US with attention to economic and ecological systems as well as cultural assumptions asking how did the US grow to be the largest consumer of energy in the history of the world? By studying case studies of electrification in the global north and south; post-Fukushima nuclear energy politics in Japan and Germany; the impact of global gas and oil markets on local US communities, and the growth of renewable energy, this course aims to give students methods, tools and perspectives to understand, critique, and ultimately influence (personal and societal) assumptions, policies, economics, and technical systems surrounding energy generation and use.