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October 8, 2009 Denise Fitzpatrick
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Student group to offer coal mining film and discussion

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A University of Louisville student group that works to promote environmental sustainability will show an award-winning film on Belknap Campus Oct. 16 about the effects of coal mining.

“Mountain Top Removal,” a 2007 documentary produced by Louisville native Gill Holland, will be shown at 8 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The movie, which has won awards at several film festivals, shows how strip mining in West Virginia is affecting the landscape and people of Appalachia. It also features commentary by environmental activists, geologists and a West Virginia Coal Association official.

Holland will attend the showing of the 74-minute film and will lead a 20-minute discussion immediately afterwards.

Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), a UofL student organization, is sponsoring the film and discussion, which will be part of a campus Bluegrass Bioneers conference Oct. 16-18 organized by UofL’s Center for Environmental Education.

Other conference sessions include a talk, “A Tour of the Universe and Earth,” Oct. 16 at 11:20 a.m. by planetarium director Rachel Connolly and UofL geography professor Keith Mountain and a discussion on “green” media Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. featuring James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kristin Espeland of WFPL-FM and independent journalist Jennifer Oladipo.

For more information on the film and film discussion, call Kaycee Stone at 812-989-2479 or see

For more details on the Bioneers conference, see


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