Fall 2009 Series


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ULRPI FALL QUARTER 2009 SUMMARY:  Alternative Energy and the American Worker

Panel 1: The ACES Bill, Alternative Energy, and the American Worker

The Undergraduate Lecture Series on Race, Poverty, and Inequality (ULRPI) hosted its first event of the fall quarter Wednesday November 11th, 2009. “Alternative Energy and the American Worker” featured a panel discussion which analyzed the benefits of the recent explosion of new jobs in the environmental sector. Panelists included Scott Bernstein, the president and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology; Kindy Kruller of the Delta Institute; Adrian Esquivel of the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative; and Mark Witte, Northwestern Economics Professor of Public Finance and Natural Resource Economics. The event was moderated by Northwestern graduate Sam Schiller. The evening’s discussion centered on the American Clean Energy and Security Act and the bill’s impact on creating local jobs during the current economic recession. After a brief presentation from each panelist, the panelists took questions from the audience of approximately 70 students and community members.

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The event was co-sponsored by the One Book, One Northwestern project (the 2009-2010 One Book, One Northwestern selection is Thomas Friedman’s environmental best-seller, Hot, Flat, and Crowded.) ULRPI is an extension of Northwestern Community Development Corps, Northwestern University’s largest community service organization.

The Daily Northwestern’s article covering the event is available here: http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/panel-encourages-growth-of-green-living-economy-jobs-1.2063385.

Panel 2: The Prospect of a Clean Coal Industry

CleanCoalPanelOn Friday, November 20 the Undergraduate Lecture Series on Race Poverty and Inequality held a discussion panel entitled “The Prospect of a Clean Coal Industry” as the second event in its series “Alternative energy and the American Worker.” The panelists (Parson Brown, Pam and Lan Richart, and Tom Conway) represented backgrounds ranging from documentary producer to directors and managers at clean energy organizations gave short presentations, many of them utilizing Powerpoint and movie clips to showcase their stance on the issue, and then took questions from the audience of about 75 students who attended the event. The discussion, moderated by Northwestern sophomore Miles Mamon, laid out the problems associated with coal as an energy source and possible alternatives as solutions.

The Daily Northwestern’s article covering the event is available here:

Keynote Speaker: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Green Gold Rush

The Undergraduate Lecture Series on Race, Poverty, and Inequality joined a coalition of campus student groups to bring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to campus. The main sponsor was Students for Ecological and Environmental Development, and the event was co-sponsored by Northwestern Class Alliance, ISEN, and One Book, One Northwestern. Robert F Kennedy, Jr. spoke to about 600 students in Cahn Auditorium.

The Daily Northwestern’s article covering the event is available here: http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/robert-f-kennedy-jr-outlines-america-s-environmental-outlook-1.2110306

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