The Center for Community Growth is hosting a screening of the film, “Wrenched,” which examines the work of Indiana County native Edward Abbey and his influence on the modern environmental movement this Thursday, 9/4 @7pm at the Indiana Theater.
The screening kicks off this year’s Northern Appalachian Folk Fest, and we’re proud to be partnering with the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, and the IUP English Department to bring this 2013 film to Indiana.
Born and raised in Home, PA, Edward Abbey attended Indiana High School, and then went on to graduate from IUP. He shortly moved West to become a writer, and is known for his edgy, non-compromising opinions on environmental preservation. His novel, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” tells the tale of a group of environmentalists who take drastic measures to stop encroachment on what they consider sacred space. From chopping down billboards, to pouring sugar in the gas tanks of construction vehicles, this fictional gang inspired a generation of radical environmentalism epitomized by the group EarthFirst!.
In addition to the screening, join us at 4pm in front of the Indiana Theater for an Edward Abbey walking tour, presented by Abbey expert and retired IUP English professor, Dr. Jim Cahalan.
More about Abbey can be found on Dr. Calalan’s webiste, http://www.abbeyweb.net/
Check out our Facebook page to RSVP! See you there!