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William Condee

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Science Cafe to discuss fracking the opera house


An unlikely connection exists between fracking and opera houses. Coal companies used to restore opera houses in exchange for the use of the land for mining.

Join William Condee , the J. Richard Hamilton/Baker Hostetler professor of humanities and theater at Ohio University, as he discusses this relationship between opera houses and industry during his Science Café conversation titled, "Fracking the Opera House" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

Delving into the controversial topic of fracking, Condee will explore two questions, "What are my ethics as a researcher?" and "Where do I stand in relation to the research?" Condee believes that these questions are something researchers everywhere ask themselves on a daily basis, regardless of their research.

"I hope the audience leaves the café realizing that the economics and ethics of fracking are very complex and there aren't simple answers," Condee said. "I hope we can learn from the coal mining boom in the 19th century to refer to the fracking that is happening now."  

Condee, the author of "Coal and Culture: The Opera House in Appalachia" aims to discuss these complex issues in a way that this relatable yet informative as he explore the correlation between opera houses and fracking.