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Ferrum College to host discussion of oil dependence
Associate professor will moderate talks at the Taubman Museum of Art
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Dr. Delia Heck

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dr. Delia Heck, Ferrum College associate professor of environmental science, will lead a discussion on the implications of photographer Edward Burtynsky's work at the Taubman Museum of Art on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

For his exhibit "Edward Burtynsky: Oil," the photographer 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.

The world's dependence upon oil is evident in the work of the renowned Canadian landscape photographer, as his camera takes the viewer from the landscapes of the planet's oilfields to truckers' gatherings, from racetracks to seaports around the world.

"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," Heck said. "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."

"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 at Virginia Tech; Ed Hally, political science at Ferrum College; Ken Landgraf, U.S. Service in 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.

Admission to the event is $4 for members of the Taubman Museum of Art and $8 for non-members.

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