Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Contact: John Clark · firstname.lastname@example.org · 865-2790
Location: 114 Miller Hall
Communities living near oil reserves play an important role in the global energy future, as well as being historically subjected to repression, poverty and human rights abuses. Community campaigns demanding human rights and climate justice take different forms in Nigeria, Egypt, Azerbaijan and the Gulf Coast. But are there common approaches? How are these struggles linked up?
This event features James Marriott of London-based group Platform and Louisiana activist-musician Drew Landry. They will discuss the social, ecological, political and ethical dimensions of the global oil industry and of movements of resistance to its abuses both globally and locally.
Co-author of The Oil Road
James Marriott is an artist, naturalist and activist, and co-author of the acclaimed work, The Oil Road. The Financial Times called it "an elegantly written travel book about a pipeline” and “a distinctive blend of travelogue, reportage and history.” The Guardian judged it "inspirational in the proper sense" and the Independent praised it as "a lovingly crafted narrative, a rich tapestry of first-hand anecdote and historical reconstruction.” Copies of the book will be available at the presentation. Marriott is also the co-author of The Next Gulf: London, Washington & the Oil Conflict in Nigeria.
Activist & Musician
Drew Landry's singing testimony to the Oil Spill commission brought his music to the limelight. His "BP Blues" raised money for coastal citizens with spill-related health issues, he joined forces with Dr. John and other artists on the Deepwater Memorial EP, and he continues to work on the "Solution to Pollution" Project.
This event is sponsored by the Loyola Environment Program and the Gregory F. Curtin, S.J. Professorship. It is free and open to the public.
For more info on Platform, a London-based arts, human rights and environmental justice organization visit its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/platformlondon