October Feminist Friday | Dr. Steven Hoffman

"Tar Sands: How to Derail a Sensible Energy Future”

Date & Time:

Friday, October 17, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Free and open to the public


Luann Dummer Center for Women (OEC 103)

This talk will examine some of the social and environmental consequences associated with the massive increase in the production and export of tar sands-based crude oil, drawing particular attention to the destructive impacts on Canadian Aboriginal communities and the women and children residing in those communities. The talk will also highlight Minnesota’s long-standing and largely unacknowledged links to the exploitation of tar sands oil, a linkage which is enabling this most dirty of fossil fuels to become a primary means of powering the world’s petroleum-based economy. 

Joining St. Thomas in 1987, Dr. Steven Hoffman has been teaching in the Dept. of Political Sciences, currently serving as chair. Dr. Hoffman has previously served director of the Environmental Studies Program from 1992 to 2004. He has taught courses in a variety of fields, including environmental and energy policy, urban studies, comparative politics, and public administration. His research broadly covers two areas: energy and environmental policy and national identities in the post-Soviet countries of East and Central Europe. Dr. Hoffman has served as a director for a number of local and state-wide environmental organizations, including Friends of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness; Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy (now Fresh Energy); and Clean Water Action, Minnesota.
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