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(Re) Presenting Place: A Portrait of the Coal River Valley

 

Update! Gallery opening has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 24th, from 5:30-7 with a talk at 6pm. Sorry for any confusion. 

In the Summer of 2013, Rachel Lindy ’15, Rachie Weisberg ’15 and Isaac Silk ’14 spent six weeks living in the Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia—an area highly affected by mountaintop removal coal mining and teeming with activist resistance. During this time, they developed a multimedia project that explored the future of the region and its inhabitants in a post-coal economy, attempting to place this change in the larger context of social and environmental justice issues. By sharing these images and stories, they hope to provide the Wesleyan community with a sense of the deep complexities surrounding the coal industry, and to encourage dialogue around the often absentminded nature with which we consume fossil fuels.

The opening reception is in Zelnick this Monday from 4:30-6pm with a talk by Rachel and Rachie at 5 pm and the gallery will be up until the 27th.

Exhibition made possible through the generosity of the COE’s Visualizing the Environment Program, the COE, the Green Fund, and the CFA’s Feet to the Fire Program.

When: February 24th from 5:30-7pm, talk at 6pm. Gallery is open through the 27th.
Where: Zelnick Pavillion
Cost: Free!

Mountaintop Removal Awareness Festival

Are you MTR-aware? Zia Grossman-Vendrillo ’15 invites you to promote environmental justice:

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Humans are intimately connected with the physical topography of the Earth, whether it’s Foss Hill or Appalachian hills and river valleys.

On the evening of Thursday, April 25th, Foss Hill will be alive with drums, banjos, guitars, voices, stones on stones, fire, and resounding cries for justice from Appalachia. We will use these media to raise awareness about environmental and social destruction in coalfield communities from the practice of Mountaintop Removal (MTR) mining, as well as the dedicated movement to resist these forces.

The Wesleyan MTR-awareness crew will be joined by:

-Guest speaker Colin Bennett from 350.org (350CT) and organizer of
Mountain Justice
Morgan O’Kane, virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist from
Virginia, now based in New York City, whose live performances are sure
to bring stomps, whooops, shakes and smiles
-Professors Michael Dorsey and Bill Johnston

Click past the jump for the full line-up.

Wesleyan Mountain Justice Coalition Meeting

Fresh from the inbox:

The first meeting of the Wesleyan Mountain Justice Coalition will take place tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm in the 200 Church Lounge. We will be talking about our next steps in our campaign against Bank of America!

We will be discussing setting up meetings with administration, finding alternate banks, bringing in speakers fighting mountain top removal, and anything else we can think of!

Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 8pm
Venue: 200 Church