Ferrum College to Host Thought-provoking Conversation about the World's Dependence
on Oil at the Taubman Museum of Art
Associate Professor Dr. Delia Heck will moderate a discussion about sustainability
based upon the work of landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Ferrum, Va. (Nov. 7, 2012) – The world’s dependence upon oil is evident in the work of renowned Canadian landscape
photographer Edward Burtynsky, as his camera takes the viewer from the landscapes
of the planet’s oilfields to truckers’ gatherings, from racetracks to seaports around
the world. On Tues., Nov. 13, Ferrum College Associate Professor of Environmental
Science Dr. Delia Heck will lead a thought-provoking discussion about the implications
of Burtynsky’s work at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke beginning at 7 p.m. in
the Museum’s auditorium. Admission to Conversations: Thinking about Sustainability: Oil and Gas Production in the U.S. is $4 for members of the Taubman Museum of Art and $8 for non-members.
For the exhibit Edward Burtynsky: Oil, Burtynsky traveled the world photographing the production, distribution and use
of oil. His images depict not so much the oil itself, but the mechanizations the world
relies upon to extract, deliver and use this non-renewable resource.
“Burtynsky's photos of the production, distribution and use of oil around the world
raise some very important questions about how we generate and consume energy. His
work causes us to consider the implications of our own choices in our local communities,
as well as in communities thousands of miles away,” said Heck.
Conversations: Thinking about Sustainability will examine oil and gas production in the U.S. from diverse perspectives including
engineering, economics, and environmental policy. Joining Heck in the discussion will
be John Chermak, Geosciences, Virginia Tech; Ed Hally, Political Science, Ferrum College;
Ken Landgraf, U.S. Service, Roanoke; and Mike Mabjkas, former Exxon-Mobile employee.
Yvonne Olson will emcee.
As one of Canada’s most respected photographers, Burtynsky’s works are
part of the permanent collections of several major museums around the
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