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Mercer to Host Forum On China's Role in the World’s Energy Future

October 9, 2008

Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

ATLANTA — Mercer University will host the Atlanta 2008 Fall Forum of the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association on its Atlanta campus at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. The forum will feature a presentation titled “Why the World’s Energy Future Depends on the U.S. and China” by Jay Hakes, Ph.D., author of the book, “A Declaration of Energy Independence.” The event is co-sponsored by the China Research Center at Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.

The forum will be held in the Wooten Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Swilley Library. It is free and open to the public. Directions can be found at

“The United States' energy challenges are closely intertwined with China's and the rest of the world,” said Penelope Prime, Ph.D., director of the China Research Center and economics professor at Mercer. “We need to tackle these challenges on many fronts and in cooperative ways. Dr. Hakes has thought deeply about these issues and has much to offer in terms of understanding the stakes.”

Dr. Hakes received his Ph.D. from Duke University and taught at the University of New Orleans. He served as assistant to the Secretary of the Interior during the Carter Administration. For most of the 1990s, Hakes headed the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy and has been the director of the Carter Presidential Library and Museum since 2000.

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