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 Senecaln, 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