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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 world.

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