Burning Coal Theatre to Host Climate Change Panel, 9/21

Burning Coal Theatre Company will hold its first "Lobby Lecture" of the 2013/2014 season, a panel discussion on the subject of global climate change, in conjunction with its current production, The Heretic by Richard Bean. The event will take place at 6 pm on Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Tickets are $5 or free to anyone holding a ticket to any performance of The Heretic.

The Heretic continues its run at Burning Coal Theatre Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. All tickets to The Heretic are $25, $20 for seniors (65+), $15 for students and $15 or everyone on Thursday nights, and may be obtained by calling 919.834.4001 or visiting www.burningcoal.org.

Anant Aiyyer is a professor of Atmospheric Science at North Carolina State University. His research areas include weather systems of the tropics (e.g., Hurricanes) and climate variability. He has a PhD from the State University of New York and a Master's degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology. He was born in a suburb of New Delhi but now Carrboro, NC is his home.

Liz Kazal is the Field Associate for Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based, environmental advocacy group. Her primary focus is protecting our clean waters from the threats of the dangerous form of natural gas drilling known as fracking. This summer, she directed Environment North Carolina's citizen outreach efforts and mobilized over 10,000 North Carolinians to take action to promote healthy, sustainable farms. Liz is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is a graduate of the MS School for Math and Science and Mississippi State University. In college, she was the founder of her campus environmental group and worked to pass the first clean energy student initiative on campus.

Aaron Newman is a student at Duke University studying Environmental Engineering and Cultural Anthropology. As a student and member of the next generation of youth, he has taken on the responsibility of learning how to effectively adapt to and combat climate change through research, speaking to peers, and participating in and leading environmental seminars and projects. In this way, he aims to promote the movement towards minimizing climate change in the coming decades. His greatest interests reside in learning about and collaborating to design environmental solutions that are culturally and economically appropriate for developing countries.

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