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UC Hosts Conference on Environmental Issues
Featuring Photo Exhibit, Toxic Tours, Roundtables

Date: July 17, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photo By: Tammy Cromer-Campbell(c)
Archive: Research News

Roundtables with local environmentalists, tours of Cincinnati's environmental trouble spots and a photo exhibit focusing on a toxic waste facility in Texas are just a few of the ways University of Cincinnati scholars will be encouraging public participation during a conference on environmental issues July 27 to July 30.


The 2001 Conference on Communication and Environment, organized by the UC Center for Environmental Communication Studies (CECS) in the Department of Communication, will bring about 100 scholars, activists and government leaders to the UC Kingsgate Conference Center for four days. With the emphasis on public input on environmental issues, the conference planners didn't want to formulate an agenda with purely academic discussions and presentations.

"We hope this conference provides an opportunity for ordinary residents, academics and governmental leaders to get together and talk about what role the public should play in determining environmental policy," said Steve Depoe, head of UC's communication department and CECS director.

To that end, there will be:

  • "Toxic Tours" led by local citizens via bus. The tours are open to conference participants and members of the public and focus on three Cincinnati environmental trouble spots - Winton Hills, Lower Price Hill and brownfields in North Avondale, Bond Hill and North Side. (See related release.)

  • A roundtablefeaturing local environmental activists, at 1:30-2:50 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Mt. Echo Room. Panelists include Marilyn Wall of the Environmental Community Organization, Linda Briscoe of the Winton Hills Citizen Action Association, Laverne Mayfield of the Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Center and Marti Sinclair of the Sierra Club.

  • Free keynote presentation featuring Robert D. Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Kingsgate Ballroom. (See related release).

  • "Fruit of the Orchard: Pollution, Environmental Justice and Social Responsibility," an exhibit of photos by Tammy Cromer-Campbell, July 26-Aug. 24. The photos, taken mostly with a Holga plastic camera, focus on residents of Winona, Texas, who say they are suffering physical problems because they live near the former Gilbraltar toxic waste dump. (See related release.)

  • A panel discussion featuring makers of documentaries on environmental issues at 3-6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the Mt. Lookout Room. "Between Art and Advocacy: Citizen Participation Through Cultural Activism" will be open to media and conference registrants only. It will feature "Fruit of the Orchard" photographer Tammy Cromer-Campbell, Pavithra Narayanan, producer of a documentary on the Bhopal-Union Carbide disaster, and Andrea Torrice, producer of a PBS documentary on global warming called "Rising Waters." Portions of the documentaries will be featured.

"It's especially good for academics who research and write about environmental issues to see the issues they are writing about up close. This conference is a good time to raise awareness about the environmental health risks facing some of Cincinnati's communities. Hopefully, there will be an opportunity for some relationship-building between these communities and the policy makers and environmental professionals attending this conference," said John Delicath, one of the conference's organizers and UC assistant professor of communication.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: $50 (if staying at the Kingsgate) or $54 per day for commuters (meals and parking included). Register by contacting Steve Depoe.
Phone: (513) 556-4440.


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