Coal in Appalachia topic of April 7 Pellissippi State faculty lecture

The community is invited to take part in a discussion of the history and possible future of coal in Appalachia on Tuesday, April 7, at Pellissippi State Community College’s next Faculty Lecture Series presentation.

Grant Mincy, an adjunct faculty member in Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State, presents “Flowers of Darkness: Coal, Power and Liberty in the Southern Appalachian Bio-Region” beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The event is free and the community is invited.

“The presentation will include a brief history of the Appalachians and coal formation, the rise of the coal industry and its consequences and evolution over the years, and the social movements in the region that might liberate the coal fields from industry,” said Mincy, who teaches biology and geology.

“As an environmental scientist, I think coal mining—especially mountaintop removal and valley fill operations—is incredibly destructive. I’m also concerned with the human cost of coal mining and the ensuing socioeconomic depression.”

Mincy has participated in a number of protests against the coal mining industry, including an event staged by the Occupy movement at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., and a march with Appalachia Rising.

“Flowers of Darkness: Coal, Power and Liberty in the Southern Appalachian Bio-Region” is part of the Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture series presentations are among the many events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

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