“I started saying ‘What is my primary purpose here? I want to be of service.’”
-- Kathy Mattea, two-time Grammy winner and two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, discussing moving beyond a typical celebrity spokeswoman role to become an active part of movements to fight climate change and promote nonviolent communication on Jan. 31 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus of Penn State. She spoke about how her roots in West Virginia coal country laid the foundation for her activism as part of the University's Forum Speaker Series. Mattea, who takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in Eisenhower Auditorium on campus, also performed four Appalachian folk songs centered on the hardships of coal miners and those living in the midst of mining activity.