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Fuhrig to speak on Saudi Aradia
Columnist, former MacMurray faculty to look at country’s society, oil.
Dr. Wolf Fuhrig, professor emeritus and former chair of the departments of Criminal Justice and Political Science at MacMurray College, will be speaking on the tension between the conservative aspects of Saudi Arabia’s society and its vast wealth derived from its influence of the international oil market.
The speech, the next in MacMurray’s 20-11-12 Speakers Series, “Jacksonville Speaks,” will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Thoresen Recital Hall at the Putnam/Springer Center, which is at the corner of East State Street and Clay Avenue.
Saudi Arabia permits the practice of no faith other than Islam, despite there being a million Christians, nearly all foreign workers, living there. At the same time, the country’s command economy is dominated by oil. With about one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is the most important player in the international oil market upon which the economy of the United States depends.
How this uneasy combination – a highly conservative culture controlling the world’s oil market – plays out is the topic of Dr. Fuhrig’s talk.
Dr. Fuhrig has been a Journal-Courier columnist for nearly 30 years, writing on a variety of local, national and international topics. He has focused on U.S. relations with the Middle East in many of those columns and has visited the area numerous times.
Dr. Fuhrig has been active in the Jacksonville community since he arrived to teach at MacMurray in 1967. Since 1999, he has organized and directed the Prairieland Chautauqua each summer in Community Park in Jacksonville.