13 May Toxic Tourism
Phaedra Pezzulo (Rhetoric and Public Culture, Indiana University)
Susan Stonich (Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography, and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science, UCSB)
Friday, May 13 / 12:00 PM
Wallis Annenberg Conference Room (4315 SSMS)
“Toxic tours” are visits to sites polluted by poisonous chemicals operated by environmental justice organizations to create public awareness of the harmful effects to people and locales. This has led in some cases to a new understanding of democratic participation in environmental decisionmaking. Phaedra Pezzulo will discuss findings from her book, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice. She will be joined by Susan Stonich, who will discuss her research into environmental justice and the conflicts and contradictions between economic development and environmental conservation efforts in coastal zones. The format of this discussion is that the two speakers each talk for 10 minutes, and then the conversation opens up to the entire group.
Co-sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Environmental Media Initiative Research Group (EMIRG), the Department of Film and Media Studies, and the IHC’s Geographies of Place series.