Spring 2015 Lyceum Lecture Series: Sustainable Energy Future

Lyceum lectures are held in the Lee Honors College lounge on the main campus of Western Michigan University (map) on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Lectures are free and open to students, staff, faculty and the general public. Lunch is not provided, but the audience is welcome to bring brown bag lunches to the seminars.

For more information, please contact the Lee Honors College at (269) 387-3230 or Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean, at carla.koretsky@wmich.edu.

This lecture series focuses on renewable sources of energy. Speakers will discuss the technological, political and economic opportunities and challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels to a more sustainable system of energy.

All lectures are free and open to the community. Light refreshments provided. Lectures will be held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 21: “Historical Context of Energy Resources, Energy Demand and the Need for Alternatives”
Dr. Lynne Heasley, history, environmental and sustainability studies

Jan. 28: “What’s at Risk? 2° vs. 4° Warming”
Dr. Dave Karowe, biological sciences

Feb. 4: “Solar Energy Technologies: Potential and Progress”
Dr. Ramakrishna Guda, chemistry

Feb. 11: “Wind Energy Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges”
Dr. Maarten Vonhof, biological sciences, environmental and sustainability studies

Feb. 18: “Role of Biomass for Sustainable Future Energy”
Dr. John Miller, chemistry

Feb. 25: “Why is There Still LEAD in Aviation Fuel?”
Terry Michmerhuizen, aviation sciences

March 4
Late start: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
“Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy for Sustainability”
Dr. Bade Shrestha, mechanical and aerospace engineering

March 18: “Are Renewables the Right Alternative? A Critique of Alternative Energy”
Dr. Brian Petersen, environmental and sustainability studies

March 25: “Politics of Energy”
Jack Schmitt, deputy director, Michigan LCV
Sarah Mullkoff, Michigan Environmental Council

April 1: “Why Are U.S. Firms Becoming More Socially Responsible and Sustainable?”
Dr. Sime Curkovic, management

April 2 (Thursday)
Evening lecture: 7 to 8 p.m.
“Clean Energy Economic Opportunities and Employment Prospects”
Dave Hurst, NextEnergy

April 8
“Energy Policies: Cap and Trade, Carbon Taxes”
Dr. Chris Moser, economics


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