Appearance at SUNY Orange on April 15 to Address Learning About Environmental Issues in a Digital Age

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Award-winning journalist Andrew Revkin, currently the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University, will discuss practical ways in a digital age to learn about environmental issues threatening the cleanliness of our water when he presents a lecture entitled “Water and the New Communication Environment” at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering at SUNY Orange.

Revkin will explain some of the many threats to our supplies of clean and plentiful water, and he will examine how attendees can learn about environmental problems in the digital age. He will also detail how can investigations into these subjects be a gateway for teaching and learning. His lecture is sponsored by the SUNY Orange Global Initiative and Walden Savings Bank.

In the 20th Century, informing the public about environmental and water-related issues was mainly the task of journalists. But as newspapers and television recede into a noisy soup of online and social platforms, problems and opportunities abound. Traditional media outlets are racing to retain authority and influence (and profits) even as locked-in audiences erode. Universities, nonprofit organizations and companies can now reach large audiences directly without waiting for a reporter to respond to a press release.

Drawing on 30-plus years of prize-winning science reporting and a decade of teaching, Revkin will address a variety of ways to make water-related information matter in the digital age. Revkin has reported for the New York Times on science and the environment from the Amazon Rainforest to the White House, and from the Hudson Valley to the North Pole. He has written on global-warming science and energy issues since the 1980s. At Pace University, he has developed innovative courses in blogging, environmental communication and documentary filmmaking.

Admission is free and the event is open to the general public.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange Biology Professor Dr. Jennifer Merriam at (845) 341-4178

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