Were you a Sooner in the 80's?
March 23, 2012 7:45 PM Subscribe
Calling all SOONERS: I'm looking for the name of a University of Oklahoma professor, a woman, who taught GEOG 3253 in the Spring of 1985. My memory is that the class was called "Geography of Natural Resources", though my 2012 copy of my transcript says it was "Environmental Conservation". Story inside...
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All the way through the class, she taught the Malthusian view of the world and the Cornucopian view in a balanced way. Malthusians believe that geometric growth of populations must outstrip the linear growth of food supplies, leading to disaster. Cornucopians believe that man is able to conserve and develp alternatives through ingenuity, so that over time the necessities of life become more abundant.
On the final exam, there was an extra credit short essay question: "I believe Dr. (name) is (Malthusian or Cornucopian - pick one) because..."
I've always been curious which was the right answer. If the professor is still around, I'd enjoy contacting her to ask. If you know her name, or know someone who might know, I'd love to hear from you.