Lycoming College to host Marcellus Shale author

Lycoming College to host Marcellus Shale author

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The Lycoming College Department of Sociology and Anthropology will host author Seamus McGraw on Friday, March 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

McGraw will discuss his book "The End of Country," which details the battle for control between corporate America and local residents in northeastern Pennsylvania that ensued after the discovery of the Marcellus gas deposits in the region. McGraw is a native of the region and his mother was one of the first to receive a leasing offer. His book opens a window on a stiff-necked group of Pennsylvanians as they try to balance the promise and the peril of this discovery.

McGraw is a full-time writer who has been published in Reader's Digest, Radar, Spin and The Forward. He received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, and honors from both the Casey Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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