Experiential education at Antioch continues: energy global seminar meets Kayford Mountain

Students hiking to see an example of mountaintop removal

Marianthe Bickett ’15 searching for the right camera angle at a mountaintop removal site.

Earlier this year, professors Geneva Gano and Lewis Trelawny-Cassity invited me to contribute to the coal section of the Energy Global Seminar. Coming from West Virginia, one of the foremost coal producing states in the country, my knowledge on the subject is vast and almost inherent.

While my family hails from the coalfields of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky—my grandfather an underground coal miner for some time and my mother previously employed by the industry—I am one generation removed. In order to provide an authentic learning opportunity for students, I called upon my resources so students could learn from the experts themselves, the people directly impacted by coal.