English Professor Publishes Book on Local Conflict and Values Negotiation


Dr. Kristin Pickering (kpickering@tntech.edu), who teaches Professional and Technical Communication within the English Department, has published Environmental Preservation and the Grey Cliffs Conflict: Negotiating Common Narratives, Values, and Ethos with Utah State University Press. The book profiles a conflict between a rural Tennessee community and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving “Grey Cliffs,” an environmentally damaged area dear to the community. With a focus on negotiating values, the book contains interviews with the Corps and community members, as well as recommendations for a variety of communicators seeking to resolve conflicts among diverse populations.