ETSU Environmental Studies Minor

last update: Dec 2, 2009


Fall 2009



1.  Environmental Film Series

All films start at 7pm in Ball Hall auditorium (rm 127).


Thurs Sep 24

"National Sacrifice Zone: Colorado and the Cost of Energy Independence"  2007, USA, 59 min.


Tues Sep 29

"Coal Country" 2009, USA, 84 min.


Thurs Oct 1

"Blue Gold: World Water Wars"  2008, USA, 90 min.


Mon Oct 5

"Milking the Rhino"  2008, USA, 83 min.


Weds Oct 7

"Children of the Amazon"  2008, USA, 72 min.


Tues Oct 13

"A Sea Change"  2009, Norway, 83 min.


Thurs Oct 15

Two short films about locals who get active when their environment is destroyed by large-scale extractive industries:

"The Real McCoys"  2009, USA, 21 min.

"ˇJusticia Now!"  2008, Ecuador, 31 min.



2.  Larry Gibson will speak in the Culp Center Auditoriium (rm 127).  7pm, Thurs Nov 5. 

His topic: Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia. 


Larry Gibson's family has lived on or near Kayford Mountain since the late 1700's. More than 300 relatives are buried in the cemetery on Kayford Mountain. Larry and his family used to live on the lowest lying part of the mountain, and looked "up" to the mountain peaks that surrounded them. Since 1986, the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eighteen years after the "mountain top removal" project began, Larry Gibson now occupies the highest point of land around; he is enveloped by a 12,000 acre pancake in what was previously a mountain range.  Click here for more information. 



3.  Orrin Pilkey will speak in Ball Hall Auditorium (rm 127). 7pm, Tues Nov 10. 

"Rising Seas and Shifting Shores: Global Warming and Expanding Oceans." 


Pilkey is co-author of The Rising Sea (Island Press, 2009), which he'll be signing after the talk. He also recently published "Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future," and other notables include "The Corps and the Shore" and "The Beaches are Moving." 


Orrin H. Pilkey is a research professor, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth & Ocean Sciences, and Director Emeritus of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) within the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.