Disarming Disinformation

8th Annual UF Climate Communications Summit

April 5, 2023 | 4 – 5 p.m.
with reception to follow


Keene Faculty Center at Dauer Hall

Admission is free and open to the public, but please register here.



Climate change misinformation and disinformation is on the rise, fueling an explosion of climate denial on social media.  This year’s Summit will explore some of the denial, deception and delaying trends – and solutions for how to disarm them.

This year’s Summit will feature Melissa Aronczyk, associate professor of media studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. She is the co-author of A Strategic Nature: Public Relations and the Politics of Environmentalism.

The presentation will be followed by a roundtable and audience Q&A with Dr. Aronczyk and UF disinformation experts Dr. Marcia DiStasoDr. Juliana Fernandes; and Dr. Andrew Selepak. Moderator: Angela Bradbery, Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications.

Dr. Melissa Aronczyk
Melissa Aronczyk

Melissa Aronczyk is an associate professor of Media Studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. Her new book, which she co-authored with Rutgers doctoral student Maria Espinoza, examines public relations as a social and political force that shapes both our understanding of the environmental crises we now face and our responses to them.

Her research on how public relations affects our ability to communicate about climate change has been featured in The Nation, the Financial Times, Rolling Stone, CNBC, The Intercept, Grist, AdWeek, and Yes Magazine. She has also written stories about PR and sustainability for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy magazine.


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