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When the Lights (and Heat) Went Out in Texas

April 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join us for a CPH Lecture Series event about the Texas grid and the recent power failure within the historical context of US national blackouts.

The guest speakers will discuss the February power outage, the proximate causes, and some of the longer-term issues that were at play. They will also address broader historical and cultural issues surrounding blackouts and talk about why questions about our energy and power continue to be so important.

The Guest Speakers

Martin Melosi is an international authority on Environmental, Energy, and Urban history. He is the author of Fresh Kills: A History of Consuming and Discarding in New York City.

Julie A. Cohn researches energy infrastructures and the relationships between government, business, and the public. She is the author of The Grid: Biography of an American Technology.

David E. Nye is Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. His publications include American Technological Sublime and American Illuminations.

Joseph Stromberg is a Professor of History at San Jacinto College in Houston. His research focuses on environmental history, energy history, and commercial nuclear power in Texas.

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UH Center for Public History
University of Houston , Houston, TX 77204 United States + Google Map
(713) 743-3087
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