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Elihu Katz Colloquium: Lauren Feldman (Ph.D. '08), Rutgers University

December 16, 2022 12:15pm-1:15pm
  • Hybrid Event: Annenberg School Room 500 & Zoom
Audience Open to the Public

Finding Hope: How Climate Change Media Can Evoke Emotions and Motivate Public Support for Climate Action

In-person attendees will receive a copy of Lauren's book "A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice" 

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About the Talk

Scholars, journalists, and activists continue to debate the role of emotional messaging in climate change communication. This talk will consider the role of emotions, especially fear and hope, in promoting public engagement and activism around climate change. Particular attention will be paid to how news and entertainment media evoke emotions about climate change, with the potential to both activate and alienate publics.

About the Speaker 

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Lauren Feldman is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. Her current research emphasizes three primary areas of interest: climate change communication, partisan media and misinformation, and comedy and social change.

Feldman’s research has been published in more than thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as in several edited volumes. She is co-author of the book, A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice (University of California Press, 2020). Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie-Knight Task Force on Journalism, the Spanish Ministry of Science, among other funders, and has been recognized with various academic awards.

Feldman earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.


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