Altoona professor delivers keynote address at international conference

Brian Black

Brian Black, distinguished professor of history and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, was a recent guest on NPR’s financial program “Marketplace.” The episode marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the supply disruption known as the 1970s oil crisis.

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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.”