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Journalism’s Debatin among OHIO delegation to Ukraine to present on fracking debate

Sep 19, 2013

Ohio University professors Bernhard Debatin, Michelle O'Malley, Geoff Buckley and Michele Morrone (not pictured) will speak at the Carpathians/Appalachians International Conference 2013 at the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (PNU) in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine from Sept. 21-28, 2013. / Photo by Megan Westervelt

Journalism’s Debatin among OHIO delegation to Ukraine to present on fracking debate

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 19, 2013)—On Saturday, Sept. 21, Dr. Bernhard Debatin, a professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, will travel to the 2013 Carpathians/Appalachians International Conference at the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (PNU) in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, with three other OHIO faculty. The journey to the Carpathians includes a stay at a conference center in the mountain village of Mykulychyn and concludes Sept. 28.

The conference will explore similarities between the Appalachian and Carpathian cultures, economies and histories. Dr. Debatin will talk about the public debate on hydraulic fracturing, highlighting the difference between optimistic industry projections and the "hidden costs" of fracking for residents, the environment and the taxpayer. 

Also at the conference, Dr. Geoff Buckley, a professor in Ohio University’s Department of Geography, will be giving a presentation on the environmental and social impact of mountaintop removal mining. Dr. Michele Morrone, a professor of Environmental Health Science in the Department of Social and Public Health plans to give a presentation that explores the effects of fracking on human health and the scientific uncertainty surrounding this issue. A cultural-linguistic comparison of the Appalachian and Carpathian Highlands is the focus of Dr. Michelle O'Malley of the Department of Linguistic’ paper, with a particular emphasis on the separateness of these cultures from contemporary mainstream culture. 

The conference will bring together a total of 20 researchers from American universities and a similar number of researchers from various European countries, as well as the Ukrainian hosts. More information, as well as the conference program, can be viewed on the 2013 Carpathians/Appalachians International Conference’s Facebook page.