Learn more about the dark rock that helped to turn an empire into a powerhouse of industry.

Presented by Andre M. Mahdi

All it took to shake the earth and build an empire was a useful lump of flammable rock. Let’s discuss the powerhouse that is coal, and the ripple that it cause across the world. From the desire to build bigger along with the destruction it would bring to those who came in contact.

Andre Mahdi is currently a docent at the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago, helping to shape young minds. He has a drive for research, fact based discussion, and has attempted to be unbiased. All of which are surprising hard to maintain. Andre has presented on the likes of the history of steampunk, Nikola Tesla, and even run games for John Wick Presents at GenCon. He enjoys telling tales enough and is an avid game master, who takes adventurers into the depths of their own imagination.


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