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Author, journalist and educator Richard Heinberg will discuss the impact oil depletion will have on the economy, transportation, agriculture and geopolitics on Monday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Whittemore Theater as part of Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series on creativity.

In “Peak Oil: Challenges and Opportunities,” Heinberg tackles the controversial subject of the likelihood of oil scarcity in the near future, and the impending consequences for a national largely unprepared for this outcome. Providing stark evidence, he explores what communities need to do in order to survive in an era where fossil fuels are scarce, and where the current policies of the U.S. and other nations are leading toward oil wars and economic collapse. To avoid this devastation, Heinberg proposes a global Oil Depletion Protocol to secure a cooperative and peaceful adjustment to a world with less oil.

Heinberg is the author of six books, including Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World, The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies and Cloning the Buddha: The Moral Impact of Biotechnology. He is a member of the Core Faculty at the New College of California, where he teaches courses on energy and society and culture, ecology and sustainable community, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States speaking on issues of oil depletion. Heinberg is also a member of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and is featured in the documentaries “The End of Suburbia” and “Chasing God.” His newsletter, Museletter, has been included on Utne Magazine’s annual list of Best Alternative Newsletters and was nominated for an Alternative Press Award in 1994.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).

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