2014 Summer Teacher Institute - Energy and the Global Environment: Science, History, Politics

This three-day institute incorporated perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to examine how concerns over energy scarcity and energy sustainability can be translated into creative classroom instruction. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Chicago and other esteemed educational institutions from around the country spoke each day in a combination of presentations and discussions of curriculum development.

Questions included: how have energy demands shaped past and present societies? What prospects exist for a sustainable energy future? What are the human and environmental impacts of energy choices?

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Professor Anthony Ingraffea (Cornell University) delivered the Institute's keynote address on "The Science of Shale Gas and Oil." Professor Ingraffea has emerged as the nation's leading public voice on the environmental consequences of fracking, for which he was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of its "People Who Mattered" in 2011. In addition to serving as the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell, he is also the president of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc. Professor Ingraffea is a passionate and engaging speaker, and you won't want to miss the video of his presentation from the second day of the Institute.

Intended primarily for elementary through community college educators, the Summer Teacher Institute is open to all interested parties. Attendees can earn up to 18 CPDUS by completing all three days of the Institute.

The 2014 Summer Institute convened in the "Performance Penthouse" on the 9th floor of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL.



K-12 Lesson Plans


JUNE 23 • Comparative Perspectives: Energy Around the World
JUNE 24 • The Human Impacts of Energy Choices
JUNE 25 • Energy Science, Energy Alternatives: Toward a Sustainable Future

The 2014 Summer Teacher Institute was presented by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies, the Program on the Global Environment, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Oriental Institute, and the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy.