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Understanding Sustainability from a Twenty First Century Frontier Settlement: Fort McMurray Oil Sands
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 1:00pm to Friday, January 22, 2010 - 3:00pm

Understanding Sustainability from a Twenty First Century Frontier Settlement: Fort McMurray Oil Sands
Winter 2010 Social Sustainability Colloquium

Presenter: Veronica Dujon, Chair and Professor, Sociology, Portland State University

Portland State University School of Social Work (1800 SW 6th Avenue, Room 650)

Friday, January 22, 2010, 1-3 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Social Sustainability Network.

Dr. Dujon will share what she saw and learned during time spent this past year at the Fort McMurray oil sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada. What does a twenty-first century outpost in an industrialized country look like? How does this settlement/production site, which has been the focus of much debate, reflect larger global environmental and social challenges?

This presentation offers:

  • A sociological perspective of the economic factors that sustain the energy intensive extraction of oil from the sands of Fort McMurray;
  • Controversy over the environmental implications of production and of consumption of that energy;
  • Ways in which the technological sophistication of production at this remote location is reflected in the social organization and cultural profile of the site.


The meeting will also include an update on the progress of the book project, "Building Social Sustainability in an Era of Scarcity."

For a list of upcoming and past lectures, visit the Social Sustainability Network site.

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