14th Annual Robert Bateman Lecture

7:00PM August 8, 2018
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Centre for Dialogue (LIC Building)
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James Hoggan

The MA Environmental Education and Communication program in the School of Environment and Sustainability is thrilled to welcome James Hoggan as its 14th annual Robert Bateman lecturer.

Jim writes and speaks widely on public relations, communication and incivility in the public sphere keying especially on lessons from his most recent book I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up.

He has spent more than a decade studying today’s warlike approach to public discourse, looking at how unyielding one-sidedness defeats our efforts to resolve global problems, and how self-awareness, empathy and pluralistic advocacy could help us cut through this toxic barrier to change. Jim is seen as one of the gurus in his field, whether defending the reputations of civil society organizations, public institutions or prominent corporations, and the leaders who run them.

And the timing for his lecture could not be better given the almost daily-in-your-face reminders we all receive through mainstream media of the need for advocates of ethics in public discourse!

Jim founded the influential online news site DeSmogBlog that reports on public relations trickery and that Time Magazine included in its 2011 list of the internet’s best blogs. A former Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and Al Gore's Climate Project Canada, Jim has served on numerous national and international boards and advisory committees including Shell Global’s External Review Committee in The Hague, the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, and The Four Great Rivers Society. He is the author of two other books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for a Skeptical Public and Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a lively and informative evening!

DATE:    August 8, 2018

TIME:    7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

PLACE:  Centre for Dialogue, LIC

A selection of Jim’s books will be available for sale and signing.