Erin Bowers

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Gas Rush


This series consists of original digital audio interview recordings and selected CD listening copies relating to the Carrie and Michael Kline's documenting the wide spectrum of citizen opinion about natural gas extraction (Fracking / hydraulic fracturing) in Northcentral West Virginia mainly during 2014 and 2015. The interviews were drawn upon for use in the 8-minute audio feature Pay Dirt. Originals are housed with the Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline Collection at the Berea College Special Collections and Archives

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Date of Interview

National Capital Contracting

Principal Investigator

Erin Bowers is a dedicated educator and environmental activist with a rich background that includes service in the Army Reserves. Raised in a working-class Catholic household, Bowers' early experiences shaped her values and commitment to community service. Her career in education has been marked by a deep commitment to fostering learning and growth in young people. Beyond her professional role, Bowers has been actively involved in environmental activism, with a particular focus on opposing fracking in her local community. This activism reflects her broader concern for the environment and commitment to sustainable practices. In addition to her work and activism, Bowers has a keen interest in the law of attraction and spiritual practices. She believes in the importance of stepping out of one's comfort zone and being open to new experiences, a philosophy that has guided her personal and professional journey.

Interview Scope and Content
The interview with Erin Bowers covers a wide range of topics, providing a comprehensive overview of her life, work, and beliefs. Bowers discusses her upbringing in a working-class Catholic household, her service in the Army Reserves, and her career in education. She also shares her experiences as an environmental activist, particularly her opposition to fracking in her community. Bowers' interest in the law of attraction and spiritual practices is another key theme in the interview. The interview also includes a discussion of Bowers' work with teenage mothers, highlighting the importance of education and community support. Bowers shares her experiences in Saudi Arabia and discusses her spiritual beliefs. The impact of media on society is another topic covered in the interview. Throughout the interview, Bowers encourages questioning and seeking a deeper understanding, reflecting her commitment to education and personal growth.

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