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Hennebach Lecture: Creative Climate Communication: Assembling, Maintaining, and Contesting Meaning within the Global Public Citzenry

April 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Division at Mines presents Max Boykoff’s lecture, “Creative Climate Communication: Assembling, Maintaining, and Contesting Meaning within the Global Public Citizenry.”

When considering representations of climate change, it is critically important to reach beyond mere ‘news’ reporting on climate change, and also take into account how more creative climate communications shape perspectives, attitudes, intentions, beliefs and behaviors among the public citizenry around the world. These expanded considerations help to more comprehensively make sense of ways in which meaning and knowledge are assembled, maintained and contested. In this landscape, I will more specifically address promises and perils of climate advocacy as an avenue of creative climate change communication, drawing on findings from a survey of United States (US)-based academic researchers/scholars, and on collaborative work with ‘Inside the Greenhouse’ and the ‘More than Scientists’ project. This helps to interrogate dynamic conditions in the context of contemporary climate change research, reporting and engagement where (avoided) advocacy can be a touchy and ultimately unresolved subject. Overall, in this talk I will address key themes in creative climate communications as I examine how diverse and multi-modal approaches have found and are finding success on multiple scales with segments of the global public citizenry.

Max Boykoff is the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He also is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies program and is Adjunct faculty in the Geography Department. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Max has ongoing interests in cultural politics and environmental governance, science and environmental communications, science-policy interactions, political economy and the environment, and climate adaptation He has experience working in North America, Central America, South Asia, Oceania and Europe, and is a co-author and editor of six books and edited volumes, along with over fifty articles and book chapters.


April 4, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Marquez Hall
1600 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States


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