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Ells to Discuss Environmental Issues in Cavanaugh Lecture

Released: 10/30/2009

Dr. Kevin Ells, assistant professor of communication studies at LSU Alexandria, will present “3 Shades of Green: Creation, Conservation, Communication” at a Cavanaugh Public Lecture on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Media Room of the Alexandria Museum of Art. Admission is free.

Ells will discuss the life of famed American conservationist Aldo Leopold in “science, government and education to show how environmental issues can be of concern to people from a wide variety of political perspectives and faith traditions.” Ells participated in a four-week summer institute on the life and influence of Leopold last summer after receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“It’s a common misperception that if you’re an environmentalist you need to be secular, liberal and wealthy,” Ells said. “You can be, of course, but concern for the future of our world is a matter for everyone.” Ells taught the first environmental communication course offered by LSUA, and the class again will be offered in the spring semester. He has been published in academic journals, including “Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.”

The lecture series, named in honor of former LSU Alexandria chancellor Robert Cavanaugh, is sponsored by the Department of Arts, English and Humanities at LSUA.