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NCA Hosts Spring Public Program, “Energy and the Environment: Communication Challenges”

May 6, 2019

(Photo: L-R: Lou Martin, Emily Hughes Corio, Brian Ballentine, Peter K. Bsumek, LaKesha Anderson)

Dozens of community members, faculty, and students joined expert panelists for “Energy and the Environment: Communication Challenges,” an NCA public program held on April 17 on the campus of West Virginia University. LaKesha N. Anderson, NCA Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, moderated the panel, which included Brian Ballentine, Professor and Chair, West Virginia University; Peter K. Bsumek, Professor, James Madison University; Emily Hughes Corio, Teaching Associate Professor, West Virginia University; and Lou Martin, Associate Professor and Chair, Chatham University. The program was co-sponsored by West Virginia University’s Department of Communication Studies.

Panelists engaged audience members in discussion on an array of topics, ranging from communication about the environmental impacts of energy production in coal producing and fracking communities, to the impacts of political rhetoric on communication about energy and the environment in these communities. Panelists explored ways communication may help solve and may also contribute to energy and environmental issues, a salient topic in one of the top coal-producing states.   

For more information about the event, visit the NCA website.