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Presentation:  New media and environmental activism

Dr. Kevin DeLuca from the University of Georgia will give a lunch-hour presentation on the subject of new media and environmental activism Monday, November 6th, at noon in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. DeLuca has worked in various environmental communities for years, primarily as a scholar studying the tactics of these organizations. Specifically, his research has been devoted to the subject of "image events" or staged acts of protest that are designed for media distribution. He has published extensively on the subject, and his recent book Image Politics: The New Rhetoric of Environmental Activism traces the early work of Greenpeace activists to more contemporary uses of images (by protest groups/organizations) as these images frame public debate.

“There is a paradox at the heart of environmentalism. From its inception in the 1860s to the present, environmentalism has emerged out of and been animated by contemporary media and current technologies. From the convergence of landscape photography and the campaign to save Yosemite in the 1860s to the video activism of Greenpeace and its uses of the Internet, this presentation will trace the role of new media in American environmental activism,” said DeLuca.

This event is free and open to the public.

November 3, 2006

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