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Writer and energy policy expert to speak at Illinois College


Scholar-in-residence at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Jeffrey Ball, will be on campus to give the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows lecture on Monday, February 4, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 11a.m. and then on Wednesday, February 6, in Rammelkamp Chapel at 7 p.m.

The former Wall Street Journal environment editor will lecture on “Slow Burn: America at an Energy Crossroads” and “Green Game: Tales from the Global Race to Make Clean Energy Big.” These two topics will focus on the intensifying race among companies and countries to corner the clean-energy market, and the implications of that race for consumers and the planet. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Ball spent more than a decade at The Wall Street Journal writing about energy and the environment, in particular about the economic viability of changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels. He covered the auto industry for the paper out of its Detroit bureau and the oil industry from the Dallas bureau.

In 2009 he wrote a column in The Wall Street Journal called Power Shift which won an award from the National Press Foundation for its coverage of the changing energy and environmental landscape. He spent most of 2010 covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focusing on questions about the spill’s environmental effect. Ball has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC, among other networks. He graduated from Yale University where he was editor in chief of the Yale Daily News.

Ball will be at Illinois College from Monday, February 4, to Friday, February 8, participating in classes and seminars, along with informal discussions with students, faculty and staff.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows: For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a week long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.


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