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University to Host Environmental Philosopher to Speak About Fracking

Published on November 2, 2012

Environmental philosopher Wendy Lynne Lee will discuss “Where Environmental Integrity Meets Social Justice: Clean Water, Economic Vulnerability and Big Gas (The What and the Who of 'The Frack')" Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center Meeting Rooms 3–5. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and is free and open to the public.

Environmental philosophy takes its subject matter from environmental ethics, environmental aesthetics, ontology and theology, the philosophy of science, ecofeminism and the philosophy of technology, according to the International Association for Environmental Philosophy.

Lee’s lecture will explore hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking,” and its related industries, implications and future consequences. She is a philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania who specializes in environmental philosophy, feminist theory and philosophy of the mind. She has published two books: “On Marx” (Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2001) and “Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues” (Broadview Publishing Co., 2010). She posts regularly on the blog “Raging Chicken Press.”

“Professor Lee's interest in fracking coincides with her research on feminist theory and environmental philosophy,” said Karol Weaver, associate professor of history and coordinator of the women’s studies minor at Susquehanna. “She clearly recognizes that the environmental and economic consequences of fracking directly impact women and children.”

The Women’s Studies Program at Susquehanna University is based on feminist scholarship within traditional disciplines and outside the framework of any single discipline. The program analyzes the intersections of gender with other social institutions, such as class, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation. The program helps students discover and explore the diverse realities of women's lives, while also striving to understand the impact of cultural attitudes and social structures on both women's and men's experiences.


Karen M. Jones

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