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Ogmius Newsletter

New Course on Using Media to Communicate
Positive Solutions for Climate Change

CSTPR faculty member Max Boykoff will be collaborating with Beth Osnes of CU’s Theater and Dance department to offer a new course this spring, Inside the Greenhouse: Using Media to Communicate Positive Solutions for Climate Change. The interdisciplinary course will combine Osnes’s narrative theory with the science, politics and policy of climate change taught by Boykoff. Boykoff was highlighted in New York Times Andrew Revkin’s blog on the new course:

This week, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Professor Beth Osnes from the Department of Theater and Dance and I begin teaching a new interdisciplinary course called ‘Inside the Greenhouse.’ (We are embarking on this interdisciplinary effort thanks to funding from local residents Grace and Gordon Gamm.) In the class, we’ll be working to understand and engage with how climate issues are/can be communicated and framed, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theater, film, fine art, performance art, television programming, blogs for examples) and then we’ll be creating a show by the same name that’ll contain interviews and student work. Our program ‘Inside the Greenhouse’ will be produced also in the spirit of the James Lipton-led ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ [a course at my school, Pace University]


that has been such an effective vehicle for interrogating and enhancing the ‘process’ behind the ‘product’ of performance content.

At present, Beth and I have 40 eager students from a variety of majors and disciplines signed up for the course, with others on a waiting list to get in. Based on early feedback that we’ve received on the course plans, students seem like they’re aching for these new opportunities to improve on what Dan Kahan has called “the cultural meaning of how the issue is framed”. In other words, through our collaborative work over the semester, we are going to work to “break the Nerd Loop” as Randy Olson puts it, and find resonance with everyday people. Read more ...

Center News
Graduate Student, Visitor and Alumni News

John BerggrenJohn Berggren gave a talk at the Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum in Grand Junction on October 31st titled “Addressing Uncertainty and Discussing Institutional Reform in the Colorado River Basin under a Changing Climate.” He also attended the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association in Las Vegas December 14-16.

Kelsey Cody completed his M.S. in Environmental Studies in the Water and

Kelsey CodySociety track - secondary core under Doug Kenney. The title of his thesis is “Climate Change, Growth, and Regional Integration: Lessons for Colorado’s Front Range Municipal and Industrial Water Providers.” Kelsey is moving on to the Ph.D. program in ENVS (his dissertation is related to adaptation) and teaching with the Program for Writing and Rhetoric. Congrats Kelsey!!

Sarah TrainorThe Center welcomes Sarah Trainor, a visitor from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. At UA, Sarah is a Research Assistant Professor and also a coordinator at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. Sarah conducts research related to human dimensions of climate change in Alaska. She gave a talk in our Noontime Seminar series on March 5.