Lectures at the Petroleum Museum

Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series – underwritten by Abell-Hanger Foundation

The Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series brings explorers, photographers, scientists, and historians from all over the world to the Permian Basin. Special thanks to the Abell Hanger Foundation for their sponsorship of these events. This is a free, ticketed event.

Join us at the Petroleum Museum on April 25th as we partner with the Abell‐Hanger Foundation to welcome philosopher and energy expert Alex Epstein for the Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series. As a Duke‐educated academic who has spoken at dozens of Fortune 500 companies and prominent universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, Epstein argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of energy and environmental progress. Alex Epstein will present findings from his book Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas—Not Less. In this talk, Epstein will make the case that if we look at not just the negative side‐effects of fossil fuels but also their benefits, humanity should actually use more fossil fuels in the decades to come. The path to global human flourishing, Epstein will argue, is a combination of using more fossil fuels, getting better at “climate mastery,” and establishing “energy freedom” policies that allow nuclear and other truly promising alternatives to reach their full long-term potential. Join us for this vital lecture about energy and our future.

Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series – sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

The Petroleum Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch and Lectures give our community the chance to visit with authors, scientists, artists, and historians who recount the petroleum industry’s beginning, present, and future, along with topics of local and historical interest.  These lectures are sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Admission is always free. Drinks and dessert are provided.

April 9th – “The Switch Interview” Video Presentation

The Switch Energy Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring an energy-educated future that is objective, nonpartisan, and sensible to protect people and the planet. A big question for our generation is, “Can we arrange the switch from oil to other fuels with enough foresight so that it becomes a gradual rather than disruptive transition?” Join us for a video presentation of Dr. Scott Tinker’s interview with Dr. Steven Koonin as they discuss several current energy issues and how the government can play an active role in their resolution.

Check our News and Events for the upcoming schedule.


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