Prof. Dave Huth: Visual Communication for Conservation: Can a Picture be Worth a Thousand Herds?
It's one thing to know about the ways people communicate, and even to develop particular communication skills. But it's something else entirely to choose a subject worth communicating – and then do it. Houghton communication professor Dave Huth has directed much of his professional practice toward conservation communication, applying his specialties of natural history photography and visual design. This is a highly collaborative enterprise, combining art and science in dynamic relationship with some of the most complex and high stakes public discourse of the 21st century. Dave has been surprised to discover, beneath a complicated set of technical challenges and philosophical battles of will, an unexpected motivating force: love. His lecture will share the implications of this discovery, along with some suggestions of what this love is good for. And there will be many photographs of amphibians!