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Leadership

Building Skills: Conflict Resolution and Collaborative Problem Solving

Virginia’s Environmental Issues

Above and Beyond

Optional readings for those interested

  • Matewan (1987) a film illustrating the events of a coalmine workers’ strike and attempt to unionize in 1920 in a small town in the hills of West Virginia.  Starring James Earl Jones.
  • The Last Mountain (2011), a documentary in support of mining
  • Prodigal Summer (2000), by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel set in Virginia’s southwest and about environmental and community issues
  • Big Stone Gap (2001), by Adrianna Trigiani, a fictional story set in this small Appalachia town that we may visit
  • Emotional Intelligence (1995), by Daniel Goleman
  • Coal Country, a film that takes a dramatic look at modern coal mining.  Miners along with activists battle coal companies in Appalachia.  Commentary from miners and coal company officials, who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people.  Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side.
  • “Living on Earth:  Defending the Mountains,”  NPR piece where host Jeff Young visits coal country activist Maria Gunnoe, who is fighting to stop the mining practice known as mountaintop removal.
  • A few pictures of Wise County mountaintop removal coal mining can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/13155199@N08/sets/72157601942027539/
  • Mountain Top Mining:  Viewpoint by Walker CAT, a report in support of mining
  • “Coal Must Embrace the Future” by former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd.

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