CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers

"From Crude to Cane:
Energy Policy in Latin America

July 26-27, 2007


Bob Epstein is an entrepreneur and engineer with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of five companies: Sybase, New Resource Bank, GetActive Software, Zight, and Britton-Lee. Mr. Epstein currently splits his professional time between his roles as co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Director of the New Resource Bank and Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Epstein is also Vice Chairman of California’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee for AB 32.

Julian Foley is a reporter for Courthouse News Service and a freelance writer and editor. She traveled to Venezuela with a team of reporters in 2003 to investigate the relationship between oil and politics in Latin America, producing a series of articles that appeared in the Tucson Citizen and a radio series that aired on National Public Radio.

Richard Plevin is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley, focusing on the environmental consequences of biofuels. He has published articles on biofuels in several academic and industry journals and served as a consultant to environmental organizations on issues pertaining to the use of bioenergy.

Myrna Santiago earned her Ph.D. in History at UC Berkeley in 1997. She has lectured at UC Berkeley and at Mills College and is now Associate Professor of History at St. Mary’s College and Director of the Women’s Studies Program.

Alex Saragoza is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is also a member of the Seminar for the Study of Corporate Concentration in Mexico and is currently doing research on the privatization of the Mexican economy, particularly as it relates to the tourist industry.

Suzana Sawyer is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis. She is the author of Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador (Duke University Press 2004) and numerous articles.
- Professor Sawyer's homepage

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