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Is Oil a Dirty Word?

Is Oil a Dirty Word? Stories from the Humanities

Sunday, May 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, followed by a cocktail reception.

Theatre Junction Grand, Studio 

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, and Petra Dolata, CRC in Energy History, University of Calgary 

This community event takes a quote from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall as a starting point to discuss the many meanings of oil for people living in Calgary and Alberta. In July 2015 Wall insisted “oil is not a dirty word” nor a “four letter word.” Rather than agreeing with or contesting these contentions scholars and practitioners from the humanities will share stories of the many meanings of oil and take apart accepted understandings in order to engage the public in a more reflective and critical discussion of oil in today’s society, especially in Calgary. Chris Turner, one of Canada’s leading thinkers on sustainability, will moderate a panel of artists, activists, and academics. 

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register through Theatre Junction

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