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January 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Time Details:
about an hour
Visitors Center Auditorium
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Free. No RSVP required.
Photo of speaker Brian C. Black
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Lunch & Learn in Abilene: "WWI and the Introduction of the Fossil Fuel Era" with Brian C. Black

Thursday, January 23, 2020

At a time when we knew little about the implications of burning fossil fuels on the environment and climate, World War I forever changed human reliance on fuels such as petroleum, a product considered essential to military and economic progress that altered battlefield expectations. Of the many transitions that World War I marked for human civilization, its role as the gateway to an energy-intensive life might be the most far-reaching. Penn State Altoona's Dr. Brian C. Black will discuss how the Great War changed our use of various energy sources, including “black gold.” Black received his doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas in 1996. This program is free and open to the public, presented in partnership with the Linda Hall Library and National WWI Museum and Memorial. NOTE: Today's program is in Abilene, sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation and the Eisenhower Foundation. A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. RSVP not required.