McGraw lecture

Russell Gold and Seamus McGraw Lecture

An open discussion and talks by authors Russell Gold and Seamus McGraw about the fracking industry, climate change, and the Marcellus Shale were held from 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery.

Russell Gold, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, is the author of the 2015-16 Penn State Reads book, “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World,” which chronicles the fracking industry’s rise from obscurity to industry dominance. Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences, is a character in the book.

Seamus McGraw is a journalist and author. His book “The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone” depicts the compelling story about the epic battle for control of one of the richest natural gas deposits the world has ever known: the Marcellus Shale.

McGraw has also written “Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Line of Climate Change,” a lively, thought-provoking book that lays out the whole story of climate change — the science, the math, and, most importantly, the human stories of people fighting both the climate and their own deeply held beliefs to find creative solutions to a host of environmental challenges. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of meteorology, and Klaus Keller, professor of geosciences, were interviewed for the book.