Greenways: The Interconnected Pathways of Communication and the Environment, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference

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Event Dates: 
March 6, 2014 to March 8, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee


Greenways: The Interconnected Pathways of Communication and the Environment

A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Thursday, March 6- Saturday, March 8, 2014

Plenary Speakers: Sandra Alcosser (San Diego State University), Mark Pedelty (University of Minnesota), and Jennifer Peeples (Utah State University)

Following the natural contours of the landscape, greenways are man-made paths that work to link human communities to the surrounding environment. In the same way, this conference seeks to promote connectivity between various disciplines and their approaches to the environment. Recent conversations about environmental issues illustrate society’s rising concerns for the future of humanity and the planet. Communication about such issues takes many forms: public debates, government policies, scientific research, film and media, poetry and prose, and classroom education. Such a wide range of communicative mediums demonstrates the truly interdisciplinary nature of research seeking to generate social and environmental change. Moreover, if we expand our conceptualization of the environment then we can begin to talk more fluidly across disciplines to understand how multiple environments impact communication practices.  

This conference will bring together scholars, creative writers, and educators from a broad range of disciplines in order to provide a space to share the myriad ways that humans communicate about an endangered environment and recommend avenues for future research. This conference will also expand the ways in which scholars link discussions about communication and the environment such that the natural world becomes one environment among many which shapes our ideas about communication.

A detailed schedule of conference events is forthcoming.

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