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Dr. Pamela Twiss

Posted on March 17, 2010

Dr. Shirley Stewart Burns, author of Bringing Down the Mountains and co-editor of Coal Country, will discuss "Mountaintop Removal in Central Appalachia" at a free event 7 p.m. March 26 in Morgan Hall auditorium.

The presentation also will include original music inspired by the coalfields of southern West Virginia, including songs from Burns' latest CD, Coalfield A Cappela.

A native of Wyoming County in the southern West Virginia coalfields and the daughter of an underground coal miner, Burns has a passionate interest in the communities, environment and histories of the southern West Virginia coalfields.

She holds a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism, a master's degree in social work and a doctorate in history with an Appalachian focus, all from West Virginia University.

The event is sponsored by the Northern Appalachian Network Learning Community and funded b the Faculty Professional Development Center at Cal U.

The program is free and open to the public.