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Michigan Symposium on Media and Politics

Symposium Schedule

9:00am
Welcome by Professor Nojin Kwak, Department of Communication Studies Chair

9:05am
Opening Remarks by Sol Hart and Stuart Soroka

9:15am
Session # 1: Complexities in Environmental Communications

Trust in Science: Ending the Debate?
Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin - Madison

The UN Paris goals are a fantasy. It's time for plan B on climate change - What scholars and intellectuals need to do.
Matt Nisbet, Noertheastern University

New Tools for Complex Stories
David Poulson, Michigan State University

11:00am
Session # 2: Communicating about Environmental Issues

Communicative Practices of the US Climate Change Movement
Luis Hesteres, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Climate Change: How to report on the existential threat of our time?
Jim Malewitz, Bridge Magazine 

12:00pm
Lunch

12:45pm
Session # 3: Comedy and Climate Change

A Laughing Matter? Confronting climate change through humor.
Max Boycoff, University of Colorado - Boulder

Can Comedy Stimulate Climate Change Advocacy and Engagement?
Amy Becker, Loyola Unversity Maryland
Ashley Anderson, University of Colorado

Can Laughter Help Save the Planet? Comedy's Role in Promoting Public Engagement with Climate Change
Lauren Feldman & Caty Borum Chatoo, Rutgers University

3:30pm
Session # 4: Partisanship & Polarization on Environmental Policy

Party Cues in the News: Explaining the Dynamics of Climate Change Skepticism
Dominik Stecula & Eric Merkley, University of Pennsylvania

Vales vs. Ideology: can we harness values for strategic communicating about contentious environmental issues?
Erik Nisbet, Ohio State University

Can narrative news techniques increase curiosity about climate change policy? The potential for increasing engagement and decreasing polarization.
Jessica Myrick, Penn State University

4:15pm
Session 5: Plenary and Discussion

Sharon Dunwoody, University of Wisconsin - Madison

5:15pm
Symposium Concludes