SONY DSCThe Winona State University Lyceum Series will host “What the Frack?!? – How Students Can Stop the Biggest Environmental Disaster of Our Time and Turn It into a Positive Demand for a Renewable Energy Future” with Julia Walsh at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

The presentation will overview the definition of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), how fracking impacts the potential for a renewable energy future, and the political and economic forces at hand. Walsh will also explain how students can get involved in the campaign for Frack Action, which is an organization she helped found in 2010 that works to protect our water, air, and public health from the practice of fracking.

Walsh will also be presenting “Renewable Revolution: Confronting Climate Change and Real Solutions” at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall. This multimedia lecture will explain the current climate crisis and examine a number of critical scientific, social and political factors behind the crisis including President Obama’s energy policy and plan to combat climate change, the economic potential of a renewable energy economy and green jobs, and how we can get involved in creating a Renewable Revolution.

Walsh is a community organizer, motivational speaker and political strategist. She has been an NGO Representative to the United Nations on behalf of children’s rights and indigenous rights organizations for the past nine years.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors include the Inclusion and Diversity Office, Child Advocacy Studies program, History department and English department.

For more information, contact Kathleen Peterson.

About the WSU Lyceum Series

The Lyceum Series is the premier speaker series at Winona State University. Initiated in 1989, the series features internationally renowned speakers presenting on topics in the sciences, the arts, politics, literature, popular culture and more. The series hosts events that provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for the Winona and Rochester campus communities.

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