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FlyerFor immediate release: Thought Provoking and Relevant: UT Permian Basin’s Shepperd Institute Distinguished Lecture for April

March 27th, 2018: Odessa, TX –  The unlocking of the vast oil and gas reserves in Texas shale is poised to radically alter the energy future of our region, our state, and our nation. How and what should we be thinking about to be as ready as we can be to adapt to the change that is certainly coming? Hear what three distinguished experts have to say about the benefits and challenges this new energy bonanza will bring, and consider for yourself our region’s role in the global energy economy at the next John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Distinguished Lecture, Thursday, April 26th, at 7:00 PM, in the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, courtesy of Dr. Diana Davids Hinton, holder of the J. Conrad Dunagan Chair of Regional and Business History at UT Permian Basin.

The lecture Shale and Texas Energy: Past and Future will be ably moderated by Jacki Pick, current host of the energy-focused Dallas-based radio program The Jacki Daily Show. Jacki is a distinguished scholar and veteran of law, politics and the energy industry in both Washington DC and Texas, who has deep family roots in the energy business. On stage with her will be three featured panelists – Amy Myers Jaffe, Christi Craddick, and Gary Sernovitz.

Amy Myers Jaffe is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations and a leading expert on global energy policy, energy and sustainability, and geopolitical risk. For the past several years, she served as Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability at the University of California Davis and was founding director of the Baker Institute Energy Forum (now called the Center for Energy Studies) at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

Christi Craddick, is Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, the state government body with oversight of the oil and natural gas industries. She has served on the Commission since 2012, and became chairman in 2014. Prior to her public service she was an attorney, specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy. Craddick is a native of Midland, with undergraduate and law degrees from UT Austin. She resides in Austin and is very active in her community through numerous organizations, among them the State Bar of Texas, University of Texas Liberal Arts Alumni Advisory Council, and the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Gary Sernovitz is a Managing Director at Lime Rock Partners, a creative private equity investment partner that focuses solely on the upstream oil and gas sector. A former investment researcher for Goldman Sachs with responsibility for the Latin American energy and chemical sectors, he is a prolific writer and thought leader about energy and culture. Aside from two novels and frequent essays in publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Gary is the author of The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy, published by St. Martin’s Press.

The Shepperd Institute strongly encourages audience members to engage the panelists. The audience will be able to submit questions during the lecture via text message to a moderator at (432) 201-7415. Questions may also be submitted in advance of the event.

A media question and answer session with members of the panel will be held at 5:30 pm in the Center’s green room.

Shepperd Inner Circle members are invited to attend a special VIP reception from 6:00 to 6:40 pm at the Rea Recital Hall immediately prior to the lecture. For those wishing to join the Shepperd Inner Circle, go online to http://shepperdinstitute.com/donate/ and join today. Corporate sponsorships opportunities are also available.

For more information about this lecture event, please contact Cyndi Ward at (432) 552-2850 or at ward_c@utpb.edu.