1. Interview of Professor William "Bill" Freudenburg about his accomplishments and thoughts about the present and future state of the environment. Filmed in November, 2010 at UCSB.

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  2. Filmed during the "Freudenfest" event held at UC Santa Barbara in November, 2010.

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  3. Over the past several decades Professor William Freudenburg's work in the areas of risk, disaster, and natural resource development, and most critically the political forces that define such events, has offered multiple seeds that has served as a catalyst for others to investigate such critical social, human and natural system studies across the world.

    The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year proved to be the worst offshore oil disaster in history. In his lecture given on Monday, November 15, 2010 William Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society at UC Santa Barbara, examined the factors –– political and otherwise –– that contributed to the environmental and economic catastrophe.

    His talk, "Learning Lessons from Disaster? The BP Oil Spill and the Future of Energy in America," is based on the content included in his recently published book, co-authored with Robert Gramling, "Blowout in the Gulf –– The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America" (The MIT Press, October, 2010).

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  4. Professor, Activist, and Environmentalist Bill Freudenburg discusses the history of modern environmental theory at the AESS Conference, 2009

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  5. NOTE: You really need to Crank Up the volume on your computer to hear this lecture.

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Professor William "Bill" Freudenburg: A Tribute

Environmental Studies at UCSB

There is a tremendous need to forge new directions in scholarship on environment and society that can ensure meaningful contributions to academia and civil society alike. There is perhaps no other contributor who has offered a larger trove of concepts


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There is a tremendous need to forge new directions in scholarship on environment and society that can ensure meaningful contributions to academia and civil society alike. There is perhaps no other contributor who has offered a larger trove of concepts and insights to direct such an endeavor than William R. Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society at UCSB. Over the past several decades, his work in the areas of risk, disaster, and natural resource development, and most critically the political forces that define such events, has offered multiple seeds that warrant further development by others in our sub-discipline.

This site contains videos of Bill:
- In His Own Words (interview, November, 2010)
- The Legacy of Bill (tributes from colleagues)
- Blowout in the Gulf Book Lecture (November, 2010)
- 12 class lectures, part of his "Intro to Environmental Studies" course (Fall qtr., 2010)

[Please note, the sound quality of the class lectures varies in quality so you may have to crank up your computer volume to hear certain lectures.]

You are welcome to visit Dr. Freudenburg's online Tribute page at: forevermissed.com/billfreudenburg

Be sure to also check out the the other UCSB ES Program's Vimeo Channels dedicated to showing special lectures and ES Program sponsored events: vimeo.com/esucsb/channels

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