Professor Julia Corbett has been invited to present the keynote at an international conference hosted by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador on the future profile of journalists and journalism.
Corbett, whose research focuses on environmental communication, will be speaking about
journalism and climate change in her keynote on Nov. 20 and presenting a workshop
on Nov. 21. Her talk, titled "Whose Stories, Whose Interests, Whose Values: Larger
Issues for Environmental Communicators" is a bridge from her first two previously
published books to her upcoming third book, which she describes as "trying to reimagine
nature and environment as existing in everything you touch, not just, as one student
explained, as being 'where I go on my weekend.'" She will also discuss how this division
of nature -- where it exists and and in what forms -- is present in the stories we
tell about the environment and whose interests and values they represent.
"I apply some of these issues to climate change communication and how this has greatly limited the type of stories told," Professor Corbett explained. "I will also discuss how most citizens and organizations are not hearing the stories that we need to hear -- the stories that might break the cultural paralysis we face."