What Comes After Oil?

What Comes After Oil?

Petrocultures, The Kule Institute for Advanced Studies and UAlberta’s Faculty of Arts invites you to


Friday, August 21, 2015
6:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta/AGA Ledcor Theatre

What comes after oil, for Alberta, for Canada and for the world? 

In After Oil members of the public are invited to come together to engage in big picture thinking about the importance of energy for our societies, and to consider together the difficult question of energy transition.

After 150 years of solid drilling, it’s unclear how much oil is left, and the negative effects of our reliance on this fossil fuel have never been more clear than they are today. How will our societies continue to thrive and prosper once our dominant source of energy is no longer available?

In the wake of a recent dramatic change in government, this roundtable provides an opportunity to pose questions about the deeper significance of oil for the shape and character of Alberta, and to start figuring out answers to these difficult questions – before it’s too late.

The After Oil roundtable will be lead by New York University Professor Jennifer Jacquet, an environmental social scientist who explores large-scale cooperation dilemmas, including climate change. Jacquet will discuss the issues raised in her compelling new book Is Shame Necessary? in the context of oil and Alberta.  Each panelist will have a chance to respond before the discussion is opened up to the audience.


Moderator: Todd Hirsch (Chief Economist, ATB Financial)

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Jacquet (Environmental Studies, New York University)


Simon O’Byrne (Vice-President, Urban Planning, Stantec)
Eddy Isaacs (Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions)
Sheena Wilson (Petrocultures, University of Alberta)
Imre Szeman (Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies – University of Alberta)
Trevor Harrison (Director, Parkland Institute, University of Alberta)

R.S.V.P for After Oil here.

Please note, seating is limited. 

Read more about the event on the Faculty of Arts’ After Oil website.

For more information on the Petrocultures research group at the University of Alberta, click here.