Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Public Intellectuals
Ecomodernists spark rhetorical heat

Ecomodernists spark rhetorical heat

–This article originally appeared at The Chronicle of Higher Education. For the first time in earth’s long history, human activities threaten not just local ecosystems but the global environment through climate change, ocean acidification, and other urgent problems. We have so much impact on the planet today that some scientists argue that we have crossed...
A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

Even before Jacqueline Ho enrolled in her first environmental studies course at college, her thinking about climate change had been shaped during her years growing up in Singapore reading books by the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben. At college, ideas first planted by McKibben were reinforced in courses where she read classics by Aldo...
"Theory of Everything" Debunks Myths About Hawking

“Theory of Everything” Debunks Myths About Hawking

By Declan Fahy, American University Early in The Theory of Everything, the student Stephen Hawking strides across the grounds at Cambridge University in the 1960s, his face dreamy. He is lost in thought about the nature of time. Then he trips and smacks his head on the concrete, cracking his glasses and bruising his face....