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"Fracking the Opera House"

"Fracking the Opera House"

Oct 22, 2013

"Fracking" and "opera house" are two phrases most people would not put together, but Dr. William Condee, J. Richard Hamilton/Baker, and Hostetler Professor of Humanities and Professor of Theater, begs to differ and argues that the relationship of opera houses and industry isn't new.  As highlighted in his book, coal companies would restore opera houses in exchange for the use of the land for mining.  According to Condee, opera houses were usually not performed in these houses, but the name was more "culturally legitimate."   Recently, Condee has come to the realization that there is a similar correlation between opera houses and fracking.  During Condee's café conversation he discussed the fracking industry and this complex relationship in a way that is relatable yet informative.  With regards to this somewhat controversial topic, he proposes two major questions:  "What are my ethics as a researcher?"  and "Where do I stand in relation to the research?"  Condee believes these are questions researchers everywhere ask themselves on a daily basis.

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