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Series kicks off with 'The Price of Sand' screening, discussion

October 7, 2013

A film and discussion about frac sand mining will lead off UW-Stout’s annual Food for Thought Film and Speaker Series.

The first event, The Price of Sand: Silica Mines, Small Towns and Money, will begin with a showing of the documentary "The Price of Sand" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Terrace, on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center.

The film examines the impacts of the rapid increase in frac sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Director and producer Jim Tittle, of St. Paul, will lead the discussion after the screening. The moderator will be UW-Stout Assistant Professor Tom Pearson, social science department.

The event also is part of the UW-Stout Social Science Speaker Series.

Food for Thought logoThe Food for Thought series, sponsored by UW-Stout's Environmental Sustainability Office, is focusing this year on climate change and sustainable community development.

Other events in the series are:

- Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. The documentary "Chasing Ice" will be shown at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. James Balog, a photographer for National Geographic, uses time-lapse photography to show the dramatic loss of ice as he and a team of adventurers travel across the Arctic. Oct. 23 also is campus sustainability day, with several events and activities planned.

- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. The documentary "Detropia" will be shown at the Mabel Tainter. The loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is dramatized via the people and problems in Detroit.

- Friday, Nov. 8. A special event, Main Street as Laboratory: A Sustainable Cities Initiative Workshop, will be held at the Cedarwood and Maplewood rooms of the student center. From 11 a.m. to noon, Charles Connerly and Nick Benson of the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities will discuss their work. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., a World Café brainstorming session about sustainability will be led by Connerly and UW-Stout Associate Professor Joan Menefee, English and philosophy, with officials from the city of Menomonie and Dunn County.

For more information on the series and UW-Stout's sustainability programs, click here.

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