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Energy Expert Jay Hakes to Present at Southern Miss Gulf Park

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The University of Southern Mississippi will present leading American energy expert Jay Hakes in a panel discussion and formal lecture Thursday, Sept. 8, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Beginning at 2 p.m. in Hardy Hall Ballroom, Hakes, author of A Declaration of Energy Independence, will discuss topics concerning energy policy and energy independence with local economy and energy experts from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Speakers on the panel include Johnny Atherton, vice president of corporate services and community relations, Mississippi Power; Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of international development, USM; Alan Sudduth, manager of public and governmental affairs, Chevron Products Company; and Johan Vanhee, managing director for business development and operations, Origis Energy.

Following at 6 p.m. in Hardy Hall Ballroom, Hakes will lead a formal lecture on America’s energy policies and how diverse fields of academic study can cooperate to rescind the mythologies surrounding the world of energy.

“Dr. Hakes has had a long and distinguished career of public service. He has researched every aspect of energy and has laid out a plan for America to become energy independent,” said Dr. Allan Eickelmann, USM instructor of interdisciplinary studies. “Since energy development is crucial to the economic development of the Gulf Coast, his lecture should be of great interest to the members of our community.”

Currently based in New Orleans, La., Hakes is an active energy historian who writes and lectures on American energy policy from past and present and provides insights on various topics such as the climate-change debate and the fracking revolution.

Throughout his expansive career in federal government, Hakes has served in key posts that include assistant to the secretary of interior, administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, and director for research and policy on President Obama’s BP Oil Spill Commission.

Hakes has also delivered major addresses to groups including major military and party leaders in China, national oil ministries in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and senior oil and environmental officials in Cuba.  He has testified 25 times before congressional committees on various energy issues.

Since the publication of his book, A Declaration of Energy Independence (2008), Hakes has spoken at more than 20 American universities and 10 abroad. He has addressed expert audiences such as the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the World Energy Engineering Conference and the Rocky Mountain Electric League.

“Dr. Hakes is at the forefront of researching one of the most crucial global issues of our time,” said Eickelmann. “I hope that the University community will develop an appreciation for both the challenges of and the opportunities for energy development in the 21st century.” 

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Letters on the Gulf Park campus at 228. 214.3245. Both presentations are free and open to the public.