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"Carbon Politics: Coal, Oil and the Sources of Democracy"

Mon, Feb 11, 7:30 pm
Indiana Memorial Union University Club Presidents’ Room

The Indiana University Department of History invites you to attend the 25th annual Paul V. McNutt lecture with distinguished author, professor and speaker, Dr. Timothy Mitchell.

Timothy Mitchell is Professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is the author of Colonising Egypt (1991), Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics Modernity (2002). His most recent book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (2011), argues that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy. Educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he received a first-class honours degree in History, Mitchell completed his Ph.D. in Politics and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University in 1984.

The annual McNutt Lecture honors Paul V. McNutt, who was dean of the Indiana University School of Law from 1925 to 1933, then became Indiana's governor and later served as U.S. high commissioner to the Philippines, director of the Federal Security Agency and chairman of the War Manpower Commission during World War II.