101 – Joe Masco

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017
101 – Joe Masco

Cymene and Dominic explain “trunk cake” and then (9:27) we welcome to the podcast the fabulous Joe Masco, author most recently of Theater of Operations (Duke UP, 2014). The conversation starts with the relationship between affect and knowledge in the U.S. security state and whether Joe thinks biosecurity has maintained its noir character in the […]

Ep. #55 – Gabrielle Hecht

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017
Ep. #55 – Gabrielle Hecht

In a fittingly bizarre intro for these political times, Cymene and Dominic share weird fantasies and actual plans for resistance. We then (11:57) welcome to the podcast renowned historian and ethnographer of nuclear energy, Gabrielle Hecht from the University of Michigan, author of Being Nuclear and The Radiance of France (MIT Press). Gabrielle tells us […]

CFP: The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix, May 25-7

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015
CFP: The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix, May 25-7

SENIX Conference in Stockholm on May 25-27, 2015 – The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix. Building the future energy system will meet social and political challenges. This is well acknowledged, but still there is insufficient action to involve the stakeholders needed for transparent and robust decision making by the end users […]

“Arming Mother Nature” – Jacob Hamlin at UH, October 18th

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013
“Arming Mother Nature” – Jacob Hamlin at UH, October 18th

Ethics in Science Lecture Series: “Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism” Hamlin will speak at the University of Houston on Friday, October 18 in 232 Philip G. Hoffman Hall, 11am-1230pm. Abstract: Professor Hamblin argues that military planning for World War III essentially created “catastrophic environmentalism”: the idea that human activity might cause global natural […]

Derek Woods Reviews “A Fierce Green Fire”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013
Derek Woods Reviews “A Fierce Green Fire”

The second screening of A Fierce Green Fire: Battle for a Living Planet drew a good-sized audience to the MFAH on Sunday. Given the even larger audience for the “Environmental Challenges Facing Houston in the Next 25 Years” forum on August 28th, it seems like there is considerable interest in environmental issues in a city […]

Dominic Boyer announces Rice’s E2I intiative and introduces Laura Nader

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

            Welcome and thank you. Before properly introducing our distinguished   guest, Prof. Laura Nader of UC-Berkeley, this afternoon, I’d like to comment on some recent good news here at Rice. As many of you already know, since the last time we gathered together for a “Cultures of Energy” lecture, Rice […]

A Second Thought on Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011
A Second Thought on Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Dr. Kristin Shrader-Frechette’s lecture on nuclear energy was truly enlightening and, frankly, surprisingly inspiring.  Her talk focused on the economic aspect of nuclear power, in particular on how the cost data of nuclear energy is misrepresentative of its true price. To show this, Shrader-Frechette dismantled various reports on nuclear power’s economic sensibility, in which she […]

On Nuclear Power: Five Myths, Three Thoughts

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011

With news this week that Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant may have actually released double the originally estimated amount of radiation last March, the Faustian bargain of nuclear power returns to center stage. The situation in Japan serves to highlight the tradeoff that governments have made between energy needs and safety. If even after Fukushima […]