OSHR 1188 - Using Conflict Management & Citizen Deliberation Tools Applied to Environmental and Political Perspectives about Fracking

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Do you want to set aside the media hype and polarizing debate about the science and politics of hydraulic fracturing? Are you willing to take a calm, methodical, thoughtful look through some new lenses at the tensions and complexities which bracket the fracking issue? After some background in the science and politics of fracking, each week the course will examine a different conflict management and/or citizen deliberation process tool by applying them to key voices and issues in the hydraulic fracturing controversy.

Students will learn which tools and lenses are most helpful to them in arriving at their own views, posing questions about the issues, to fellow citizens and government officials, and learning from others. This course is NOT designed to offer "answers" or "solutions" to the tangle of fracking issues. It will use a fracking case study for uncovering and polishing some new lenses and tools to equip individual citizens to clarify and communicate their own views and values and to have more constructive conversations about complex issues at the intersection of science, policy and politics.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Richard Alper

Richard Alper is a retired environmental and land use attorney with extensive training and experience in conflict management and dialogue and deliberation. He currently teaches these subjects in the University College at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Wyoming. Mr. Alper is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (1974), took postgraduate courses in environmental law at the George Washington University School of Law (1986) and in environmental mediation at the Vermont Law School (1994) and is a community associate/adviser to the CSU Center for Public Deliberation.