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Shepherd Scarborough Society sponsors lecture by author and worldwide leader in mine safety October 25

ISSUED: 14 October 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd Scarborough Society sponsors lecture by author and worldwide leader in mine safety October 25)

Shepherdstown, WV--As part of its free lecture series, the Scarborough Society of Shepherd University will sponsor a program featuring author and worldwide leader in mine safety Davitt McAteer on Monday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Scarborough Library reading room. McAteer will discuss his book Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster, as well as his independent investigation into the April 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. The program is free of charge and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Awarded the 2008 bronze prize for history in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster, The Worst Industrial Accident in U.S. History is an account of the largest mine disaster in United States history. It tells the story of immigrants who, in 1900, came to this country to work in the mines and their struggle for a better life.

Upon graduation from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1966 and the West Virginia University College of Law in 1970, native West Virginian McAteer devoted much of his professional efforts to mine health and safety issues. He is currently the vice president of sponsored programs at Wheeling Jesuit University and director of the university's Coal Impoundment Project, which identifies and develops methods of stabilizing or removing coal impoundments throughout Appalachia. McAteer also serves as a consultant to the Wheeling Jesuit's Clifford M. Lewis, S.J., Appalachian Institute. In April, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin asked McAteer to serve as personal counsel and conduct an independent investigation into the cause or causes of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster.

The Scarborough Society is a friends of the library organization established in 2002 by the Shepherd University Foundation. Its annual membership dues help support library acquisitions, technology, and programs. Membership is open to all interested supporters of the Scarborough Library. For further information about the lecture series or the Scarborough Society, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.

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