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March 10, 2014

Seamus Mcgraw: Energy, Climate & Fracking

Award winning author Seamus McGraw came to St. Francis College to talk about Finding Your Footing in a Fractured Land, with a focus on Energy, Climate, and Fracking, Monday, March 10.

McGraw’s memoir, The End of Country, details the conflict between big energy corporations and low income private citizens as the discovery of natural gas under rural Pennsylvania led to a gold rush of hydrofracking. In the book, McGraw is also telling the story of his own personal journey.

Seamus McGraw’s lecture was sponsored by the office of the Provost, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the departments of Communications and English.

Seamus McGraw’s work has been published in Playboy, Reader's Digest, Penthouse, Radar, Spin, and The Forward. He has received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, as well as honors from the Casey Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists. McGraw is currently working on a documentary trailer about his family's experiences with the Marcellus shale. He grew up pitching hay and spreading manure on the same fields the gas companies are now prospecting. He still lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.