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The Eskimo and the Oil Man at Berkshire Museum

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Local author Bob Reiss gives a thought provoking presentation to delve into this issue. Bob spent 3 years traveling to the US high north to tell this story through the eyes of two men, one an Inupiat Eskimo leader on Alaska’s North Slope, the other the head of Shell Oil’s Alaska Venture, which seeks to drill for oil offshore in 2013. Their tale is set against the background of an undersea land rush in the Arctic, of Russian bombers appearing off Alaska ‘s coasts recently, of rapid changes in ice that will effect millions of sea mammals and effect the day to day lives of every American, in their cities and towns and also in their pocketbooks.

To get this story Bob Reiss spent time with scientists, diplomats, military planners, Eskimo whale hunters and politicians at the highest levels of Washington . He traveled to remote villages and sailed on a US icebreaker. Shell hopes to drill off Alaska in 2013 and the fight will make headlines. The Mayor of the North Slope seeks to protect his people’s 4,000 year old culture yet guarantee them income. The story begins as a fight and in the end the Eskimo and the Oil Man reflect the issues dividing every American community wrestling with the balance between energy use and environmental protection.

Co-sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Berkshire Museum , Williams College , Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Berkshire Community College .

Wednesday, January 16 | 7pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-230-7321 | $5 Students Free

General Info

Venue: Berkshire Museum
Style: Workshops, Readings, & Talks, Downtown
Dates: Jan 16, 2013
Jan 16, 2013