Frac Sand Mining, A Cautionary Tale

In case you missed Professor Dale Murray’s lecture for the Baraboo Range Preservation Association on February 11th, it’s not too late to hear it!

You can listen to the lecture – along with other Sustainability Series events – through the library’s CourseCasting service.

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The lecture was entitled Frac Sand Mining, A Cautionary Tale. It was led by Dale Murray, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UW Baraboo/Sauk County in conjunction with the Baraboo Range Preservation Association.

Professor Murray provided a perspective on silica mining for the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process now being used to tap into our nation’s natural gas reserves. Dr. Murray is the local campus environmental ethicist, and his lecture discussed what price is paid as these mines creep closer to the Baraboo Hills.

CourseCasting Service

Ever miss a lecture on campus and wish you could have heard it? Ever attend a great lecture and want to share it with your friends?

Never fear – the library’s CourseCasting service to the rescue!

CourseCasting is a way to take the lecture with you wherever you go. Based on Podcasting technology,  CourseCasting gives you the ability to listen to lectures or supplemental material from participating courses. Students will find UWC CourseCasting a complement to their studies and the community is also invited to listen and learn with us. In addition to classroom recordings, UWC CourseCasting also features recordings of campus activities such as poetry readings, lecture series, and special topics.

John Ikerd Lecture Now Available in SpiritCast

This Lecture is now available at

Local Foods in a Sustainable Economy

By: Dr. John Ikerd
Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri

Dr. John Ikerd is a widely celebrated economist, teacher, author and public advocate for a sustainable economy. John urges a shift away from our current economic system of “more cheap stuff” towards one which recognizes and protects the unique human and natural characteristics of our communities.

John Ikerd’s Background:

John grew up as part of a large family on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD all in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. He worked three years with Wilson Foods in Kansas City, MO, Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI between BS and MS degree work. He worked in Extension Agricultural Economics positions at North Carolina State University, 1970-76 and Oklahoma State University, 1976-84 and was Head of Extension Agricultural Economics, University of Georgia, 1984-89. He returned to the University of Missouri 1989, under a cooperative agreement with U.S.D.A, to provide state and national leadership for research and education programs related to sustainable agriculture. 

Current Responsibilities:

Since retiring from the University in early 2000, Ikerd spends most of his time writing and speaking out on issues related to sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the economics of sustainability.

He has written several books including:

The Essentials of Economic Sustainability (newest)
Revolution of the Middle
Sustainable Capitalism
A Return to Common Sense

Small Farms are Real Farms
Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture

For more information about John Ikerd, visit:


Missed the Jim Fleming Reading at the Public Library?

If you missed the recent reading at the Baraboo Public Library by Jim Fleming, you can catch the podcast here:

This event was hosted by the Baraboo Public Library and co-sponsored by the UW-BSC Library.  We are looking forward to bringing in some more public radio talent as guest lecturers in the future!

Promotional Poster for Jim Fleming Reading