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Expert to discuss terrorist risks to international oil companies

Expert to discuss terrorist risks to international oil companies

Terry Hallmark

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Terry Hallmark, Ph.D., will discuss how oil companies approach analyzing and managing risks posed by terrorists and dictators, among other threats, around the world during a presentation titled, “Guerillas, Terrorists and Dictators: Above Ground Risks and Threats to Oil Company Assets.” The presentation will be held at Lycoming College at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 in the Mary Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hallmark is the visiting clinical instructor and director of the energy and sustainability minor in the Honors College at the University of Houston. As director, he oversees a program that “takes an aggressively interdisciplinary approach to the study of sustainable energy systems” and “pays special attention to the crowded intersection of energy security and environmental stewardship.” In addition, he teaches the Honors College’s human situation course sequence as well as courses in political philosophy, American political thought, American foreign policy and the geopolitics of energy.

Prior to his appointment in the Honors College, Hallmark worked in the international oil and gas industry, where he had a 30-year career as a political risk analyst. He has been an advisor to international oil exploration and service companies, national oil companies, financial institutions and governmental agencies, including the World Bank, U.S. Department of Defense and members of the intelligence community.

The presentation is part of the College’s semester-long colloquium on “Our Energy Future” and is sponsored by the Center for Energy and the Future, which will begin full operations later this year.

Lycoming College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) brings the College’s interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of the complex and interconnected questions surrounding our energy future. CEF engages students, faculty, researchers, business and political leaders, and the general public in an ongoing and fair-minded conversation about energy systems of all types and their impacts at a local, national and global level.