Lafayette College Roethke Festival focuses on fracking. – The Morning Call

Lafayette College’s 2014 Roethke Festival will hold a free public symposium Friday and Saturday focused on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a process by which natural gas is extracted from shale.

“A Place for Fracking?” begins at 4 p.m. Friday with a panel discussion featuring David Yoxtheimer, a geoscientist and shale gas development expert at Penn State; Abby Kinchy, a sociologist from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; Lamar Herrin, author of “Fractures,” a novel about fracking; and Brian Cohen, a photographer for the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project.

“With broad public interest in the Marcellus Shale gas boom and its implications, and a new pipeline proposed for the Lehigh Valley and Hunterdon County, it is crucial to come together to examine the issue from all sides,” said Alix Ohlin, associate professor of English at Lafayette College and one of the event’s organizers. “The community’s participation in this event could help shape the future of fracking in this region.”


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From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Herrin will read from “Fractures,” and Cohen will show photographs and discuss his work with the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project. Friday’s events will take place in the Williams Visual Arts Building on North Third Street in Easton.

Saturday’s events begin with a community forum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 248 N. Third St., across from the Williams Visual Arts Building, and co-hosted by Easton’s Nurture Nature Center.

The symposium concludes Saturday with a 5 p.m. keynote address by author, biologist, and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber, in Lafayette College’s Oechsle Hall auditorium, room 224, on Hamilton Street. Steingraber is a scholar in residence at Ithaca College, the author of “Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment,” co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and New Yorkers Against Fracking, and science adviser to Americans Against Fracking.

“A Place for Fracking?” is the highlight of the 2014 Roethke Festival, an interdisciplinary festival of the environment and the arts presented in partnership with the Nurture Nature Center of Easton and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a range of programs and departments from every division at Lafayette College.

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