Environmental Politics in New England and Beyond

Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy, Shifting Society
Studying Communication, Culture, and Environmental Politics

Studying Communication, Culture, and Environmental Politics

Course prepares students to engage society on climate change and other environmental problems.
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Knowledge-Based Journalism in Science Debates

Knowledge-Based Journalism in Science Debates

Over the past decade, an increasing number of social scientists have analyzed political conflicts related to science, technology and the environment. This research, on what the U.S. National Academies calls the “science of science communication,” has focused on topics including the communication strategies of the expert community; the impact of worldviews on acceptance of expert...
Andrew Wyeth at the National Gallery of Art

Andrew Wyeth at the National Gallery of Art

In June, my wife and I took our 8 month old son to see the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  I first became familiar with the Wyeth family of painters as a boy marveling at N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations of classic novels such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped. Yet...
Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Many liberal activists and commentators are likely welcoming survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that over the past 20 years the number of Americans who can be rated as “consistently liberal” in their worldviews has increased four fold, from 3 percent in 1994 to 12 percent today. Perhaps even more encouraging, in a...
Economic Growth Lags in New England; Booms in Fossil Fuel Producing States

Economic Growth Lags in New England; Booms in Fossil Fuel Producing States

As the Obama Administration promotes the recently proposed EPA rules to limit carbon emissions; the main attack on the rules will be the claimed impact on economic growth and jobs. The fault lines for this communication battle to frame what is at stake is put into context by a US Bureau of Economic Analysis report...
Marketing the Wilderness Ideal: @TheMaineWoods Canoe Trip Celebrates #150Thoreau Anniversary

Marketing the Wilderness Ideal: @TheMaineWoods Canoe Trip Celebrates #150Thoreau Anniversary

At the Bangor Daily News, Gabor Degre spotlights in an article and terrific video narrative a 16 day canoe trip commemorating the 150th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s famous trek through the Maine wilderness, recounted in his popular book The Maine Woods.  The trip is an example not only of smart marketing aimed at fostering...