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R-MC Women’s Studies Lecture Series Kicks Off on September 21

Aug 01, 2017


Fighting King Coal cover photoThe Randolph-Macon College Women's Studies Lecture Series kicks off on September 21, 2017. Shannon Elizabeth Bell, associate professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, will lecture based off her book, Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Room (304 Henry St.). A book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Map and Directions

Fighting King Coal explores the inaction or lack of mobilization among those disproportionately receiving environmental destruction in their local communities. Bell's groundbreaking work provides critical insights into understanding social movements, especially the environmental justice movement.

Bell's research falls at the intersection of environmental sociology, gender, and social movements. She is also the author of Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice. Bell's recent research has focused on the power of the coal industry and the ways in which the social and environmental impacts of this industry have affected communities, social movement participation, and the individual lives of residents living in the coal-mining region of Central Appalachia. In a recent project, she studied the barriers to local participation in the environmental justice movement in southern West Virginia.

This event is sponsored by the Sociology and Anthropology department, the Women's Studies program, and the Committee on Assemblies and Special Events (CASE).

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