Program of the 1997 Conference on Communication and Environment
The Fourth Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment
July 26-29, 1997, Syracuse, New York U.S.A.
Saturday, July 26
5-6:30 pm Conference Opening Reception in the Dining Room Foyer & Patio
6:30-9 pm Dinner and Keynote
Welcome, Introductions, & Announcements, Sue Senecah, SUNY-ESF
Keynote Speaker: Henry Lickers, Director of the Environmental Division of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and noted scholar of Naturalized Knowledge Systems. (Tentative)
9:30 pm Post-Program "Highlight on Spots":
Informal sharing of news clips, ads, video clips, etc. brought by participants
Sunday, July 27
6:15-7:15 am Early morning guided bird walks , meditation by the lake . . .
7:15-8:15 am Breakfast and Announcements
8:30-8:45 am Welcome by the Oneida Nation to their ancestral lands
Panel I - Environment & Culture.
Chair: Star Muir, George Mason University
Rhetoric, Environment, and the Incorporation of Meaning: From NEPA to Pollution Prevention.
John Opie and Norbert Elliot, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Developing a 'Media Sensitive' Environmental Attitude Measure.
James Shanahan, Lisa Pelstring, and Katherine McComas, Cornell University
Reconciling Environmental Values, Social Justice, and Material Production Across Intercultural and Intracultural Settings.
Kent Goshorn, University of Pennsylvania
Nature Imagery in Indigenous Documentary.
Steven Leuthold, Syracuse University
Panel II - The Communication of Risk.
Chair: James Shanahan, Cornell University
Anti-Environmental Discourse and the Approaching Millennium: Reconstituting Public Perceptions of 'Environmental Overkill'.
Star Muir, George Mason University
Define and Conquer: Technical Definitions and the Rhetoric of Risk Communication.
John Carpenter, Michigan Technological University
Fusion Discourse: A Possibility for Public-Expert Communication Through Identification of a Third Perspective.
Caitlin Young, University of Cincinnati
Reasons Why: Describing Polarized Orientations Toward Perception of Environmental Risk.
Craig Trumbo, University of Nevada-Reno
12:30-2:45 pm Lunch on the Patio
Panel III - Jobs in Environmental Communication.
Chair: Craig Waddell, Michigan Technological University
Roundtable Participants: J. Robert Cox, University of North Carolina; Stephen Depoe, University of Cincinnati; Kevin Doyle, Environmental Careers Organization; Brant Short, Northern Arizona University; Nicholas Smith-Sebasto, University of Illinois-Urbana; Rae Tyson, USA Today; JoAnn Valenti, Brigham Young University; Peggy Durbin, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Panel IV - Themes for Approaching Environmental Media.
Chair: John Opie, New Jersey Institute of Technology
The Discourse of Pollution Prevention: A Rhetorical Analysis and Case Study.
Nancy Coppola, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Viewers Work: Framing Environmentalists.
James Lalumia, Youngstown State University
Computerized Content Analysis: Identifying Themes and Frames in Text on Pesticides, Wetlands, and Forest Salvage.
Bonnie Riechert and Mark Miller, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Packaging Nature from Farm Fields to Supermarket Shelves.
Jean Retzinger, University of California-Berkeley
4:45-6:30 pm Free Time
- Open bar: beer/wine/soda and snacks
- Documentary Film Witness to the Future, by Branda Miller
- Rachel Carson interactive CD Rom demonstration, by Branda Miller
- Publishers' displays
- Recreational activities (swimming, hiking, volleyball, softball)
6:30-7:45 pm Barbeque Dinner on the Grounds
8 pm Evening Program: the Adirondacks
- Cultural Landscapes as Language, Michael Wilson, Assoc. Director of the Sagamore Institute
- Adirondack Music and Folklore, Dan Bergren, Communication Professor, SUNY Fedonia
Post-Program "Highlight on Spots"
Informal sharing of news clips, ads, video clips, etc. brought by any participants
Monday, July 28
6-7 am Early morning guided bird walks, stretching by the lake . . .
7:15-8:15 am Breakfast and announcements
Panel V - Case Studies in Environmental Communication
Chair: JoAnn Valenti, Brigham Young University
Recovering Environmental Discourse: A Historical-Rhetorical Analysis of Frederick Law Olmstead's Report, 'The Yosemite Valley and The Mariposa Big Trees'.
Daniel Buehler, University of Maryland
Association and Dissociation in an Ecological Controversy: The Great Whale Case.
Francois Cooren, University of Cincinnati, and James Taylor,Universite de Montreal
Condemning a Corporation: Exxon as Scapegoat.
Terence Check, St. Johns University
What's the Problem?: The Rhetorical Definition of Environmental Issues.
Richard Jones, Texas A&M University
Panel VI - Environmental Media: Cases & Content
Chair: Ben Tyson, Central Connecticut State University
Magazines and a Medium for Environmental Communications.
Donny Roush, Environmental Science & Research Foundation
Telling Stories About Global Climate Change: A Content Analysis of the New York Times and the Washington Post from 1980-1995.
Katherine McComas and James Shanahan, Cornell University
Escalation of Media Discourse About Nature: News from the Amazon Rain Forest.
Allen Palmer, Brigham Young University
Media Coverage of Sustainability: The Agenda, Frame, and Sources.
JoAnn Valenti, Lillian Billing, and Alisa Brousseau, Brigham Young University
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch "earth blessing", Jack Manno, SUNY-ESF Book Give-aways
1:45 -3:15 pm
Panel VII - Building Environmental Communities
Chair: Stephen Depoe, University of Cincinnati
Relationships Between Individual and Community-Oriented Motivations: A Three-Part Study of Message Factors for Promoting Conservation of Communal Resources.
Ben Tyson, Central Connecticut State University
Redefining the Wilderness Experience: The Grand Canyon, Canyon Forest Village, and Controlled Tourism.
Dayle Hardy-Short and Brant Short, Northern Arizona University
Planning as Public Dialog: A Social Communication Perspective on Participatory Processes.
Amanda Graham, University of Washington
Ocean Arks and Living Machines: The Culture and Techniques of Sustainability Through Self-Design.
Richard Boylan, SUNY-ESF
Panel VIII - Environmental Stakeholders
Chair: Brant Short, Northern Arizona University
Public Involvement, Civic Discovery, and the Formation of Environmental Policy: A Comparative Analysis of the Fernald Citizens Task Force and the Fernald Health Effects Subcommittee.
Stephen Depoe, University of Cincinnati
Variability of Stakeholder Views About Citizen Participation in the Fernald Radium Debate.
Jennifer Hamilton, University of Cincinnati
Lessons from a Successful Grassroots Environmental Campaign: The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
David Shapiro, Ithaca College
Methods for Collaborative Public Participation in Environmental Conflict Management: A Comparative Analysis.
Gregg Walker and Steven Daniels, Oregon State University
6:30-9:30 pm Dinner and Skaneateles Lake Cruise
Poetry Performance: Pat Lawler and Janine DeBaise, SUNY ESF
Tuesday, July 29
6-7 am Early morning guided birding, stretching by the lake, . . .
7:15-8:15 am Breakfast and Announcements
Panel IX - Other Voices
Chair: Markus Peterson, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Dumping in the Desert of the US/Mexico Border: Issues for the Environmental Justice Movement.
John Linney, University of Texas-El Paso
Pitching the Beast: Representations of Non-Human Animals in Contemporary Print Advertising.
mark meisner, York University
Ecological Feminism and the Critique of 'Masculine' Regulation Based Discourse in Environmental Decision Making.
Frank Irizarry, Syracuse University
An Empirical Exploration of Ecofeminist Issues: Gender Differences and the Feminization of Nature
Connie Bullis, Carrie Gartner,and JoAnne Gribble, University of Utah
Panel X - Transcendent Perspectives
Chair: mark meisner, York University
Ecology According to Silent Spring's Vision of Progress.
Tarla Peterson, Texas A&M University, and Markus Peterson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Strategic Rhetoric and the Control of Place from Wilderness to Ecosystem: An Exploration of the Legacy of Yellowstone National Park.
Pete Bsumek, James Madison University
An Analysis of Systems Theory and Its Relationship to Chemical Manufacturing Companies Communication Strategies and Efforts.
Ann Jabro, Pennsylvania State University
The New Casuistry: An Ethical Tool for Conflict Resolution in Environmental Decisionmaking.
A. Chiaviello, New Mexico State University
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch and Concluding Remarks