Program of the 1999 Conference on Communication and Environment

The Fifth Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment

July 24-27, 1999, Flagstaff, Arizona


Saturday, July 24

3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Conference Registration, Cline Library Auditorium, Northern Arizona U

7:30 p.m., Keynote Lecture, Cline Library Auditorium

Mr. Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman and High Country News, environmental writer, author of Saving All the Parts (Island Press)

Reception, TBA

Sunday, July 25

Session One, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Nuclear Communication and the Environment Havasupai A

"Memories of Fernald: Defining a `Sense of Place' Through Personal Narrative." Rhonda Barnes-Kloth, Stephen Depoe, Jennifer J. Hamilton, and Amy J. Lombardo, Center for Environmental Communication Studies, U of Cincinnati.

Theorizing Nuclear Communication: Moral Conflict, Institutional Power, and Social/Cultural Text." William J. Kinsella, Department of Communication, Lewis and Clark College.

"The Mystification of Radiation: The Rhetorical Construction of Radioactive Waste by Anti-WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plants) Activists." Judith Hendry, Department of Communication and Journalism, U of New Mexico.

"Nuke Journalism." Piyush Mathur, Virginia Tech U. Sunday, July 25

Session One, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Popular Discourse and Environmental Communication Havasupai C

"Preaching `Corn Evangelism': Hybrid Seeds and the Transformation of American Agriculture." Jean Retzinger, Department of Mass Communication, U of California, Berkeley.

"Nature, Film, and Culture: The Importance of Landscape Images in Pride and Prejudice." Kathi Lynn Pauley, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Calvin College.

"Tuning in to Environment on Prime-Time Network Television." Katherine A. McComas, James Shanahan, and Jessica S. Butler, Department of Communication, Cornell U.

"Popular Culture as Ecofeminist Pedagogy: Using `Lisa the Vegetarian' in the Classroom." Lincoln J. Houde and Connie Bullis, Department of Communication, U of Utah.

Break, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Session Two, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Communication and Philosophy of Wilderness Havasupai A

"A Space for Government in a Hinterland Place: The Environmental Self at the End of the Road." James G. Cantrill, Department of Communication and Performance Studies, Northern Michigan U.

"Strategic Rhetoric and the Control of Environmental Ethics from Philosophy to Theory: An Exploration of a Post-Modern Ontology of Wilderness." Pete Bsumek, School of Speech Communication, James Madison U.

"'Indecorous' Rhetoric and Structures of Public Participation by Low Incomes Communities in Environmental Decision-Making." Robert Cox, Department of Communication Studies, U of North Carolina.

"The Role of the Activist Scholar: At Work in the Field(s) Of Environmental Communication." John W. Delicath, Department of Communication, Allegheny College.

The "Public" and Environmental Communication Havasupai C

"The Environment, Myth and Marketing." Richard Jones, Department of Marketing, USD-Odense University, Campusvej, Denmark.

"Corporate Environmental Discourse: An Epideictic Undertaking." Sharon M. Livesey, Graduate School of Business Management, Fordham U.

"The Challenges of Environmental Public Information and Action Programs." Garrett J. O'Keefe and Robin L. Shepard, Department of Agricultural Journalism, U of Wisconsin.

"The Uninformed Public: Government Regulations and the Codes of Responsible Care." Ann D. Jabro, School of Communication and Information Systems, and Jalal D. Jabro, School of Natural and Quantitative Sciences, Robert Morris College.

Sunday, July 25

Lunch, The Atrium, University Union, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Session Three, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Culture, Meaning, and Environmental Communication Havasupai A

"The Variety of Environmental News Topics: A Preliminary Conceptual Map." Dennis Jaehne, Department of Communication Studies, San Jose State U.

"Rhetorics of Sustainability: The San Pedro River, Bio-diversity, and Development." Scott Denton, Department of English, U of Arizona.

"The Everyday Talk of Strip Mining Inspectors: Organizational Learning and Regulatory Posture." James P. LaLumia, Department of Communication, Youngstown State U.

"Talking Water: A Cultural Analysis of Talk About Water in the Mill River Watershed." Eric Morgan, Department of Communication, U of Massachusetts.

Rhetorical Studies of Environmental Communication Havasupai C

"Ethos and Effective Environmental Advocacy: Oprah Winfrey to Edward Wilson." Michael S. Bruner, Department of Communication, U of North Texas.

"Hot Air in Arguments and the Atmosphere: Clinton's Campaign on Global Warming and the Senate Response." Terence C. Check, Communication Department, St. John's U.

"Ecofeminism: Creating Meaning." Tina Kiewit, Department of Communication, San Jose State U.

"Are there `Wild' Spaces and Places within Cultural Studies? Exploring the Limits of David Chaney's THE CULTURAL TURN from an Ecofeminist Perspective." Lincoln J. Houde, Department of Communication, U of Utah.

Break, 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Session Four, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Historical Studies of Environmental Communication Havasupai A

"Arguing a New Ecology: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the Voice of the River of Grass." Bruce Weaver, Department of Communication, Albion College.

"Trains in the Wilderness: The Corporate Roots of Environmentalism." Kevin DeLuca, Department of Speech Communication, Pennsylvania State U.

"Yosemite's Early Transition from Space to Place: Press Construction of Yosemite Prior to the Yosemite Act of 1864." Nickieann Fleener, Department of Communication, and Edward Ruddell, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, U of Utah.

"Appreciating the Wilderness: Competing Visions of Wilderness Preservation in the Forest Service/Park Service Controversy of the 1920s and 1930s." Steve Schwarze, Department of Speech Communication, Augustana College.

Session Four, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Journalism and Environmental Communication Havasupai C

"German Media Coverage of Environmental Issues: A Comparative Analysis." Michael E. Nitz, School of Communication, U of Idaho.

"Heat and Hot Air: Influence of Actual Temperature on Journalists' Coverage of Global Warming." James Shanahan and Jennifer Good, Department of Communication, Cornell U.

"Bringing Muhammad to the Mountain: Evaluating an Environmental Journalism Outreach Program." Erika Archibald, North George College and State U, and William J. Griswold, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, U of Georgia.

"Levels of Influence on Environmental Reporting in India: Hegemony and Constraints on the Press." Elizabeth Burch, Department of Communication Studies, Sonoma State U.

Break, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

Dinner, The Atrium, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Session Five, 8:00 p.m. (location TBA)

What Makes Environmental Communication Unique in the Field of Communication? A Facilitated Discussion.

Five scholars in Environmental Communication will present their perspectives on this topic and then open the floor to discussion.

James Cantrill, Northern Michigan U
Robert Cox, U of North Carolina
Mark Meister, North Dakota State U
Susan Senecah, State U of New York, Syracuse
Ben Tyson, Central Connecticut U

Monday July 26

Session Six, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Attitude Studies and Environmental Communication Havasupai A

"Attitudinal-Communities for Water Conservation." Craig W. Trumbo, Garrett J. O'Keefe, and Cindy Christen, Department of Agricultural Journalism, U of Wisconsin.

"Using an Ecological Index to Explain Environmental Attitudes about Idaho's Department of Energy Site." Donny Roush, Idaho Museum of History/Idaho State U, and Joanna Burger, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers U.

"Listening for Voices: The Role of Attitude and Belief in Environmental Communication." Nancy Coppola, Department of Humanities, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

"The Farmers' Dialogue: Guidelines for a Sustainable Agriculture." Magnus Ljung, Department of Landscape Planning, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

What is Wilderness? Havasupai C

"Getting Back to the `Right' Nature, or Wilderness as Sacrificial Lamb? Strange Bedfellows Challenge Preservation and Biocentrism." Kent Goshorn, Annenberg School for Communication, U of Pennsylvania.

"Mountain Bicycling and Wilderness: Navigating Unknown and Dangerous Rhetorical Terrain." Jim Hasenauer, Department of Communication Studies, California State U, Northridge.

"Re-Invigorating the Public Sphere, Reviving Democratic Praxis: Environmental Justice and the Demand for Public Participation." John W. Delicath, Department of Communication, Allegheny College.

"A New Way of Thinking About the Environment." Gary Vear, School of Australian and International Studies, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia.

Break, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Session Seven, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00

Communication and the Nuclear Weapons Industry: Towards the Development of a National Consortium of Collaborative Research and Support (roundtable discussion)

Moderator/Facilitator: Judith Hendry, Department of Communication and Journalism, U of New Mexico

Discussion Leaders:

Stephen Depoe, Department of Communication, U of Cincinnati
Bryan C. Taylor, Department of Communication, U of Colorado
JoAnn Valenti, Harder McClellan Professor, Russel Sage College

Session Seven, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Technology and Environmental Communication Havasupai C

"The Biosphere: A New Meaning in Environmental Communication." Alain Gaudreault; Department of Public Affairs, Communication, and Marketing, Environment; Canada's Biosphere, Montreal, Quebec.

"Incorporating Technology into the Creation of a Regional Land Ethic: The Possibilities of Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS)." Mark Mesiter, Department of Communication, North Dakota State U.

"Visual Design and Environmental Claims: A Visual Framing Analysis of the Greening Earth Society Web Site." Jean Trumbo, Department of Agricultural Journalism, U of Wisconsin.

Lunch, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Session Eight, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Native American Perspectives on the Environment Havasupai A

"The Wyakin Principle: A Dialogic of Culture and the Environment." Michael Salvador, Murrow School of Communication, Washington State U.

"A Blackfeet Way of Connecting Communication and Environment." Donal Carbaugh, Department of Communication, U of Massachusetts.

"Beyond the Human/Nature Dualism: Nez Perce Environmental Discourse." Tracylee Clarke and Michael Salvador, Murrow School of Communication, Washington State U.

Science, Risk and Environmental Communication Havasupai A

"Risk Communication: Greenwashing, Environmental Advocacy, or Either?" Craig Waddell, Department of Humanities, Michigan Technological U.

"Risk Infrastructures and Risk Management Plans: A Double-Edged Sword." Ann D. Jabro, School of Communications and Information Systems, Robert Morris College.

"Negotiating Messages and Building on Experience: Wildland Fire in Florida's Interface." Martha C. Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Susan K. Jacobson, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, U of Florida.

"An Ecologist's Perspective on Communicating Sustainability." John T. Fitch, Department of Environmental Studies, Florida Gulf Coast U.

Break, 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Session Nine, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Scientific Advocacy and Environmental Communication Havasupai A

"Printing the Seeds of Social Change: The Press, Environmental Disburse, and Public Response to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring." Ginger Clark, Department of Communication, Eckard College.

"Women Scientists Sounding the Alarm: Rachel Carson and `the Modern Day-Rachel Carson,' Theo Colborn." Julia B. Corbett, Department of Communication, U of Utah.

"The Wet, the Wild and the Weird: Imagining Pfiesteria." Renee Lertzman, Department of Communication Studies, U of North Carolina.

"What's Rhetoric Got to Do with It? Public Deliberation and the the AEC Construction Licensing Hearings in Midland, Michigan,19701971." M. Rene Johnson, Department of Humanities, Michigan Technological U.

Defining Nature: A Roundtable Discussion Havasupai C

Discussion Facilitator: Michael Salvador, Murrow School of Communication, Washington State U

Participants: Tarla Rai Peterson, Department of Speech Communication, Texas A&M U
Lincoln Houde, Department of Communication, U of Utah
Richard Rogers, School of Communication, Northern Arizona U

This discussion will focus on the public construction(s) of nature and the natural world. Using Richard Rogers' 1998 essay as a springboard, the panelists will present brief statements and then open a facilitated discussion with the audience. See Richard Rogers, "Overcoming the Objectification of Nature in Constitutive Theories: Toward a Transhuman, Materialist Theory of Communication," Western Journal of Communication 62 (1998): 244-272.

Break, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

Dinner, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., The Atrium

Session Ten, 8:00 p.m. (location TBA)

Learning from the Past, Dealing with the Present, and Planning for the Future: Historic and Contemporary Disputes over Tourist Access to the Grand Canyon

This roundtable presentation/discussion will examine the characteristics, themes, rhetorical dimensions, and lessons of historical and contemporary disputes over access to the Grand Canyon in order to gain insight into the present struggle.

"Early Tourist Impressions of the Grand Canyon Experience." Dennis Jaehne, Department of Communication Studies, San Jose State U.

"Historic and Contemporary Disputes Over Access to the Grand Canyon." Sue Senecah, Faculty of Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

"Accommodating Mountain Biking Recreation on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon." Jim Hasenhauer, Department of Communication Studies, California State U, Northridge.

"Gateway to the Grand Canyon: Preserving Flagstaff's `Sense of Place.'" Lea Parker, School of Communication, Northern Arizona U.

Tuesday, July 27

Session Eleven, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Conflict, Communication, and Environmental Discourse Havasupai A

"Working Through Environmental Conflicts: Citizens' Views on Collaboration." Gregg Walker, Department of Communication Studies, Oregon State U.

"Corporatism and the Ecosystem Approach: More of the Same? Or a New Departure?" Max Oleschlaeger, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dean Bavington, Northern Arizona U.

"Language Barriers to Coordination in Ecosystem Planning." Markus J. Peterson, Texas Department of Natural Resources, and Tarla Rai Peterson, Department of Speech Communication, Texas A&M U.

"An Analysis of Marine Resource Conflicts in Two North Central Chilean Fishing Villages." Susan Qashu, College of Oceanic and Marine Sciences, Oregon State U.

Constructing a Rain Forest Havasupai C

"Constructing a Rain Forest/Creating a CD-ROM: Pedagogical Design Issues" and Presentation. David W. Shapiro, Roy H. Park School of Communication, Ithaca College.

The presentation will discuss the pedagogical issues that a small team of plant scientists, multimedia programmers, two graduate students, and the author encountered in creating an educational, interactive CD-ROM program on tropical re-forestation in Costa Rica. The author will also present the CD-ROM product as part of the presentation.