Communication and Culture | The Study of Public Advocacy (Topic: Environmental Advocacy)
C406 | 9623 | Pezzullo, P.

MW, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, C2 100

Instructor: Phaedra Pezzullo
Office: C2 223
Phone: 855-2106
Instructor’s Website:

This semester, C406 is designed to focus on U.S. public advocacy
about the environment. We will examine the histories of grassroots
environmental, environmental justice, and anti-environmental
movements.  As a course grounded in a rhetorical perspective, we
also will develop our skills as advocates and critics of issues
related to environmental advocacy. Our primary goal is to become
more reflexive about how people communicate with, about, and in the
environment as rhetorical agents in public culture.  Specifically,
we will emphasize what have been the rhetorical constraints—both the
limitations and the possibilities—of persuading U.S. publics about
environmental concerns.

Our readings reflect the vast range of environmental issues that the
course objectives entail, from the creation of national parks to the
impacts of environmental racism on toxically-assaulted communities
to the success of environmental backlash today in rolling back
environmental protections and infrastructure.  In doing so, we also
will consider a variety of public advocacy practices, including
tourism, slide shows, boycotts, civil disobedience, public
participation, and media campaigns.

Required Readings available at Boxcar Books most likely will include:

Nash, Roderick. (2001, fourth edition).  Wilderness and the American
Mind.  New Haven: Yale UP.  ISBN: 0-300-02910-1

Sandler, Ronald and Phaedra C. Pezzullo (Eds). (2007). Environmental
Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the
Environmental Movement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-262-

Helvarg, David. (2004).  The War Against the Greens: The "Wise-Use"
Movement, the New Right, and the Browning of America (Revised and
Updated). Boulder Colorado: Johnson Books. ISBN-13: 978-1555663285

Selected required readings also available on-line and at E-Reserves.


Attendance & Participation: 10%
Research Position Paper: 15%
Group Debate Presentation: 15%
Midterm Exam (fill in the blank, multiple choice, and essays): 30%
Final Exam (fill in the blank, multiple choice, and essays): 30%