With gas prices rising dramatically in recent weeks, consumers want to know what may lie ahead with the volatile oil market. Environmental expert Dr. Jay Hakes will share his insights on the impact that energy supply and consumption has on our world during Millikin University’s annual T.W. Samuels Lecture on Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations required.
Following last April’s Deepwater Horizon explosion that took 11 lives and caused a massive three-month oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hakes took a leave from his position as director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum to serve as director of policy and research for the investigative 2010-2011 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission. The Commission’s recently released report was praised by the national media, including The Washington Post, which described it as the “…most comprehensive narrative of what happened … excellent investigators … a clear, readable, insightful tale.”
In addition to his work with the Oil Spill Commission, Hakes was involved in various energy-related aspects of the government for 23 years and was appointed administrator of the Energy Information Administration for the Department of Energy by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, a position he held for seven years. His most recent book, “A Declaration of Energy Policy Independence,” seeks to put contemporary energy issues into historical perspective and identify strategies for improving national security, the economy and the environment. CNN noted that Hakes’ book connected “the indisputable dots between oil imports and U.S. foreign policy adventures.”
Originally from Gallipolis, Ohio, Hakes graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and earned his master’s degree and doctorate from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow and a Shell African Studies Fellow. Upon graduation from both programs, Hakes was named assistant professor of political science in 1970 at the University of New Orleans, rising to associate professor of political science at the university in 1973.
Hakes is a noted spokesman on energy issues, frequently testifying before congressional committees and providing regular briefings on energy trends to the Secretary of Energy. A regular on the worldwide lecture circuit, he has been interviewed and quoted by most major news organizations and has been published in numerous journals. Hakes is also the brother of Joe Hakes, Millikin’s director of athletics.
For more information on Hakes, visit www.jayhakes.com
The T.W. Samuels Lecture Series was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly. Samuels was active in Decatur community affairs until his death in 1989 at age 103. Samuels’ sons, William J. Samuels of Menlo Park, Calif., and the late Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Jr. created an endowment fund to finance the series in recognition of their father. The endowment is used to bring great thinkers and speakers to Millikin for the purpose of community enrichment.