Kairn Klieman, Conference Presenter: “Teaching ‘Liberal Arts Thinking’ through the Energy Humanities: Methods for Imparting Analytical Skills That Can Help Transform American Ideas about Energy.
GEDS Co-Director Dr. Klieman recently attended a conference in Stavanger Norway hosted by The European Oil and Gas Archives Network ( EOGAN) focused on the theme of “Learning from Energy History: Education, Dissemination, and Access to Memory.” The conference was attended by historians of energy, artists and designers who work on energy issues, and archivists from numerous oil and gas archives in Europe.
Dr. Klieman’s paper was titled “Teaching ‘Liberal Arts Thinking’ through the Energy Humanities: Methods for Imparting Analytical Skills That Can Help Transform American Ideas about Energy." The paper first explained how teaching about energy in the U.S. is difficult due to current political tensions, the hyper-focus on STEM degrees, and the decline in critical thinking skills due to the “testing culture” that prevails in American high schools.
The second half of the paper discussed Dr. Klieman’s methods, preferred works, and most successful approaches for getting students to think critically about global energy and societies in the past, present, and future.