Posted on October 05, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Shannon Bell, professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, will conduct two talks and a book signing on Thursday, Oct. 13, on the Bucknell University campus, in the latest feature of the Coal Collections series. Both lectures and the book signing are free and open to the public.

Bell will deliver a lunch talk titled "Bridging Activism and the Academy" from noon to 12:50 p.m. at Gardner Lecture Hall in Dana Engineering. She will discuss how the photovoice method can provide an opportunity for research participants to tell their stories and have those with political power act upon their environmental injustices. The Field Research Teaching Lab (FRTL) will provide a light lunch. Though this talk is free, an RSVP is requested by emailing BCSE@bucknell.edu.

Bell will also discuss her latest book, Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micro-mobilization in Central Appalachia in an evening lecture from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The book examines why few of the many people who suffer from industry-produced environmental hazards participate in related social movements. A book signing will follow from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

A core faculty member in the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program at Kentucky, Bell researches environmental sociology, gender and social movements. Recently, she has studied the power of the coal industry and the way in which its social and environmental impacts have affected communities and social movement participation.

These talks, as well as the entire Coal Collections series, are presented by the Weis Center and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment.

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