Andy Opel, Ph.D.
School of Communication
Florida State University
The Climate Witness Project
Located at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway, this project attempted to gather anecdotal observations about a changing climate as a way to use storytelling to communicate new messages about the impacts of climate change. Though interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this project had a very successful collaboration with Professor Lars Nyre and students at UiB, resulting in the production of a series of digital prototypes modeling new climate communication tools. To learn more, click on the banner above .
Stories From The Apalachicola:
An Endangered River
This one hour documentary was produced as an outgrowth of the Apalachicola River Project. Premiere screening was on October 23, 2018 at Florida State. Premiere broadcast was October 25, 2018 on WFSU-TV.
Executive Producer: Andy Opel
Directed and Produced by Aleks Iricanin and Sammi Simons
The Apalachicola River Project is an interdisciplinary effort to draw attention to the Apalachicola River, designated the #1 most threatened river in the U.S. in 2016 by American Rivers. With over 130 students, 5 faculty, the Apalachicola Riverkeeper community partner and and dozens of volunteers, this project is a model of experiential learning and engaged scholarship. Click on the website above to learn more.
BEATING JUSTICE: The Martin Lee Anderson Story
BEATING JUSTICE uncovers the system of abuse and denial that killed a 14-year-old boy in a Florida Boot Camp.
This is the prelude to the Black Lives Matter movement, predating the murder of Treyvon Martin, unpacking the same cluster of race, class, video evidence and the criminal justice system.
PREEMPTING DISSENT: The Politics of An Inevitable Future
The legacy of the Bush administration and its “War on Terror” includes a new logic of surveillance, suppressing public dissent and mobilizing both “fear” and “faith.” In this accessible book, Elmer and Opel show that this new logic stretches well beyond the realm of airport security and international relations into everyday police techniques, including the use of Tasers, the deployment of “stealth” crowd control, the zoning of protestors and the suppression of public dissent. Drawing on social theories and media analyses, this book reveals the underlying “logic of preemption” whereby threats must be eliminated before they materialize. By addressing the implications of this new logic, Elmer and Opel lay the groundwork for more effective resistance.
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