Altoona professor delivers keynote address at international conference

Brian Black

Brian Black, distinguished professor of history and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, was the opening speaker at the Canadian History and Environmental Summer School, held in May at Western University in London, Ontario.

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ALTOONA, Pa. — Brian Black, distinguished professor of environmental studies and history at Penn State Altoona, was recently the opening keynote speaker for the World History Association’s international meeting held June 22-24 in Pittsburgh.

The meeting’s overarching theme, ENERGIES, offered the opportunity for scholars from around the world to present new and innovative research on a vast array of energy-related topics.

Black based his lecture, titled “To Have and Have Not: Organizing a World History with Energy at its Core," on his latest book, “To Have and Have Not: Energy in World History.”