UNIT 1: Globalization and Oil

Reading Assignments

1/22 Oil on the Brain, pp. 1-65 and Daniel Gross, Farewell to the Gas Station: The Demise of a Car Culture Icon”: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/05/farewell-to-the-gas-station-the-demise-of-a-car-culture-icon.html

1/27 Oil on the Brain, pp. 66-137, Be ready to discuss the current events related to oil production and distribution, this article is a good place to start: Clifford Krauss, “Oil Prices Fall to Lowest Since 2009”: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/business/energy-environment/oil-prices-fall-to-their-lowest-since-2009-recession.html

1/29 Imre Szeman, “Oil Futures” (PDF) and Oil on the Brain, Epilogue (pp.283-294) and THE SECTION ASSIGNED TO YOUR GROUP:

The group work we are doing in class will count towards your participation grade and there is no makeup, so make sure you are in class and ready to discuss the chapter assigned to your group.

  • Group 1: Venezuela (pp. 139-168)
    • Komal Abbas, Peter Abbey, Hiba Abuismail, Tariq Altayeb, Scarlet Astudillo, Emmanuel Banks
  • Group 2: Chad (pp. 169-199)
    • Selena Batchily,  Frances Beraud, Nomin-Erdene Boldbaatar, Matthew Desmarais,  Hadeel Elaradi, Carson Etienne
  • Group 3: Iran (pp. 200-234)
    •  Shahd Fadlalmoula, Christina Grau, Chanel Grice, Mari Henderson, Joshua Hetzer,  Natalia Kolenko
  • Group 4: Nigeria (pp. 235-263)
    • Daniel Lawrence, Nahla Messaoudi, Antoinette Orozco, Evan Petschke, Tiana Robles, Zoe Siepert
  • Group 5: China (pp. 264-282)
    • Meaghan Soel, Zachary Suter, Kellie Suydam, Paul Taylor, Robel Teklu, Tylia Turner

This article, though over a year old, was just brought to my attention, you are not required to read it, but it is very interesting in relation to my question, “would you live next to an oil rig?”

Children given lifelong ban on talking about fracking: Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 

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