Courses, Spring 2003
Politics of Petroleum
oil comes to the U.S. from Latin America than from any other part
of the world. That simple, startling fact helped launch a two-semester,
12-reporter, five-country on-the-ground reporting project co-sponsored
by the Graduate School
of Journalism and Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley.
The investigation, overseen by veteran correspondent Sandy Tolan,
resulted in a three-part series for National Public Radio (June
8-10, 2003, on Morning Edition) and in a series of articles for
the Tucson Citizen, the Gannett News Service Wire, Orion Magazine,
La Opinion, the websites for the Journalism School and Center for
Latin American Studies, and other publications.
the heart of the work is a single question: How is it that
countries with such substantial petroleum wealth find themselves
in the throes of such political, economic, social and environmental
troubles? In other words, why has petroluem, far from being
a panacea, so often proved to be what the late Venezuelan oil
minister and co-founder of OPEC, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo,
called “the Devil’s excrement”?
on the project...)
Public Radio is running a three-part series
based on this seminar, July 8-10, on Morning Edition