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Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion to be Held on Oct. 29 at the Palmer

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Photo by Nina Berman

The Palmer Museum of Art will present the Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion titled "Boom/Bust Cycles of Extractive Industries in Pennsylvania" at the museum on Wednesday, October 29 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Tour the exhibition "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" with Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education, from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. and participate in the panel discussion from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow in the Christoffers Lobby until 7:00 p.m.

Since the 1700s, Pennsylvania has been a major supplier of various forms of energy and resources. Coal, iron, timber, and now natural gas have literally fueled an economic boom in addition to generating controversy and concern over their impact on humans and the environment. Panelists will discuss historical and social aspects of extractive industries and offer perspectives that might shape our thinking and practices into the future.

Panelists include:

Michael Bérubé (moderator), director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature

Sandra Barney, professor of history, Lock Haven University

Brian Black, professor of history and environmental studies, Penn State Altoona

Kathy Brasier, associate professor of rural sociology

William J. Doan, professor of theatre and women's studies

Co-sponsored by the museum, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and The Rock Ethics Institute.

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" was organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, a non-profit community arts campus offering arts education programs and contemporary art exhibitions and providing services and resources for individual artists throughout western Pennsylvania.
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdayand noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

Image caption: Nina Berman, Light from an industrial gas drilling site illuminates an otherwise dark road, Franklin Forks, Susquehanna County, 2011, digital archival print © Nina Berman.