Marcellus Shale exhibition opens in Youngstown, Ohio

Fractured: the shale playThe Marcellus Shale Documentary Project moves to Ohio at the Bliss Hall Gallery at Youngstown State University.
March 3 – April 4, 2014

The University has organized the following programs in support of the exhibition.

• Tuesday, 25 March, 7-9 p.m. | Moser 2000 | TITLE: The Science of Shale Gas: Geology, Seismology and Environmental Impacts. Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, Professor of Geology, Youngstown State University
• Wednesday, 26 March, 7-9 p.m. | Moser 2000 | TITLE: The science of shale gas: The latest evidence on leaky wells, methane emissions, and implications for policy. | Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, Cornell University
• Thursday, 27 March, 5-9 p.m. | Gallery Talk / Gallery Reception | Bliss Hall 2300 | RECEPTION/GALLERY TALK: Brian Cohen, Photographer and Project Director of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project.
• Friday, 28 March, 4-5:30 p.m. | McDonough Museum Lecture Hall | SCREENING: Triple Divide (film with Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Troutman).

CONTACT: Professor Stephen Chalmers | schalmers@ysu.edu

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Yale School of Medicine – Artist talk January 16

Jose Martinez_NB

Join me for an artist talk at Yale University as part of the Humanities in Medicine lecture series.

January 16, 2014

The Anlyan Center Auditorium, TAC N-107
300 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT
5pm – 6pm

©Photo by Nina Berman, 2004
From the Purple Hearts series

Brooklyn Museum – Military Voices Event

Randall Clunen, from the Purple Hearts series, 2004

Please join me November 14 at the Brooklyn Museum, along with photographer Ron Haviv, for a StoryCorps event in conjunction with the exhibition War/Photography:Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath

November 14
7pm
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy,
New York, NY 11238

Trayvon Martin meet Ramarley Graham

Silent March against Stop and Frisk and Racial Profiling by the New York Police

Ramarley Graham

Before the world heard of Trayvon Martin, another teenager, Ramarley Graham, then 18 years old, was walking home in the Bronx when New York Police officers later claiming they thought Graham had a weapon, chased him into his home, busted down the door, climbed the stairs and shot him dead in the boy’s bathroom in front of his grandmother. The young man was unarmed. The police, in plain clothes, had no search warrant. The family held monthly vigils at their home drawing hundreds of people. They marched on the Bronx’s 47th police precinct and protested in front of the Bronx District Attorney’s office asking for answers. After more than a year, one police officer Richard Haste, was indicted on manslaughter charges. A crowd of New York Police officers cheered Haste as he exited the courthouse. In May 2013, a judge tossed out the indictment saying the prosecution had mistakenly instructed the grand jury and Richard Haste was set free.

The story of unarmed black teenage boys being shot dead by police or their surrogates (George Zimmerman) repeats nearly every day across the USA. The defense follows a similar script, I thought he had a gun, I thought he was going to hurt me. He looked like he was going to hurt me. Yet there is little accountability, and the killings continue.

Sarah Schulman a writer and professor, posted this on Facebook.

The (Zimmerman) verdict is a privileging of perception over reality. Just because a person feels afraid doesn’t mean they are in danger. In fact, their perception may be so pathological that it puts OTHER people in danger. In this extreme case, taking a young man’s life for no reason. The perpetrator claims to be the victim, and believes that s/he is the victim. And then when the “community” re-enforces the right to false perception regardless of how much pain it causes, the “community” (or state apparatus) becomes an enforcer of injustice.

Photos ©Nina Berman