From April 19th to June 8th, the Stairwell Gallery will host the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, including many events free and open to all. A traveling exhibition organized by photographer Brian Cohen and Laura Domencic, director of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project tells stories, through photographic images, of how the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry affects the lives of Pennsylvanians. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social, and economic impact of drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future. Photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, and Martha Rial examine both the positive and negative results of drilling and how it shapes the environment and the communities that live with the resources.
On Friday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m., the Gallery hosts the exhibition’s Opening Reception, with light refreshments served. At 7:30, the Exchange will show the film “Switch” in the Ballroom, with an introduction by Brett Mclaurin; Mclaurin is an associate professor at Bloomsburg University with a Ph.D in Geology. The film focuses on efficiency and alternative sources of energy.
Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can we clean up coal? Can renewables really power our future?
Switch delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to
Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy. This screening is part of over 250 universities across the country participating in the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which launched last fall at over 40 pilot schools with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.
Audiences have called Switch “the first truly balanced energy film.” As no documentary before it, SWITCH has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists.
“I took my students to a screening of SWITCH, and we spent most of the following class discussing it, a testament to its value as an educational tool. It was amazing…” – Amy Jaffe, Rice University Energy Program
“Every person in America should see and digest this film.” – Douglas Johnson, Statoil
“SWITCH really puts all the pieces together, and makes me optimistic for the future.” – Erin Geoffroy, Environmental Defense Fund