Event to Address Mining Tragedies

As part of its Acts of Reconstruction series, the Weissman Center for Leadership and Liberal Arts will present "Un/Natural Intervention: Changed Lands and Transformed Lives" on Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building. The panel discussion will focus on coal and the communities it affects, as witnessed by the recent mining tragedies in West Virginia. Panelists include Barbara Freese, attorney and author of Coal: A Human History; Robin Webb, a former miner who now serves as a state legislator in Kentucky and fights for corporate responsibility in mining; and Hillary Hosta of Coal River Mountain Watch, a West Virginia-based environmental organization that is immersed in contemporary debates and grassroots efforts to illuminate the natural and unnatural environmental aspects of mining.

The discussion offers a timely opportunity to talk about the response to contemporary events and to honor the lives of the miners who died in the January tragedies, as well as the hundreds of thousands of coal workers around the world who die each year in mining-related accidents.

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