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Annenberg reunion

Annenberg alumni came back to Philadelphia May 31-June 2 for an informal reunion. The weekend included cocktails at the Red Owl Tavern rooftop restaurant and bar at Independence Mall, a picnic on the Rittenhouse Square, and a performance of Philly ComedySportz (including cast member Danna Goldthwaite Young (Gr '07)). Pictured here are some of the attendees at the Red Owl Tavern. They are, front row, from left, Brittany Griebling (Gr '12), Mario Rodriguez (Gr '12), Michael Serazio (Gr '10), and Paul Falzone (Gr '08). Second row, from left, Moria O'Keeffe (Gr '10), Danna Goldthwaite Young , Lilach Nir (Gr '04), Tracy Pruzan-Roy (ASC '00), Susan Nasberg-Abrams (ASC '00), and Joe Labrie (ASC '00). You can see more photos from the weekend at Flickr.

Other alumni in attendance during the weekend were Cory and Jane (Appleyard) Allen (ASC '00), Cabral Bigman (Gr '10), Seth Goldman (Gr '10), David Gudelunas (Gr '04), Susan Haas, Bruce Hardy (Gr '10), Bill Herman (Gr '09), Kim Kirn-Lesser (ASC '01), Daniel Orr (ASC '01), Adrienne Shaw (Gr '10), Susan Sherr-Polland (Gr '01), Lesley Sillaman-Hitchmar (ASC '01), Tresa Undem (ASC '01), Emily West (Gr'04), and Louise Woodstock (Gr '02). Many thanks to Lilach Nir for providing the names of attendees!


Lewis Elin would like to hear news of others from the Class of 1961. "I sold my garment manufacturing business in '97 and am enjoying traveling and retirement, living in the heart of Chicago. We have five grandkids from 19 to 12 [and] one in college. My contact with the media is trying to get more letters published in the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. I don't even try The New York Times anymore. I'd like to know what other from ASC '61 are doing and where they are."


Blaise Noto reports “After leaving Paramount as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Publicity, I moved to Maui to open my own international marketing and communications company, doing film and television work in the USA as well as China, Cambodia, and Mexico. Last year I moved my company back to Chapel Hill, N.C. I also started teaching at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, teaching Marketing & Distribution in the School of Filmmaking, and also teaching courses in the Communication Department at William Peace University in Raleigh.


Richard Brian Attig started a new position in March 2013 as Senior Vice President at Phoenix Marketing International, focused on conducting Healthcare research in global markets.


Brian G. Southwell's new book is titled “Social Networks and Popular Understanding of Science and Health: Sharing Disparities” (2013 Johns Hopkins University Press). Available later this summer, here is a synopsis of the book from the publisher: “A chorus of voices has celebrated the possibilities of social media and other new peer-to-peer connection technologies to teach people about science and health in the 21st century. Rather than encouraging equity in what we all know and think about scientific discoveries, household consumer tips, the latest health recommendations, or opportunities for medical services, however, systematic reliance on social networks to spread information may be a recipe for inequity. An increasing body of research suggests that people are not equal in their tendency to share information with others around them. Not only do many people not take advantage of the chance to share ideas with others in general – a paradox in our current era of apparent information abundance – but it also appears some people are much less likely than others to do so. Some of those differences in peer-to-peer sharing represent disparity in that information sharing is constrained unjustly by factors outside of a person’s immediate control. This book explains why these patterns persist, why they matter to society, and what, if anything, we might do to address our tendencies.”


Undergraduate alumnus George Scheer and his partners this year marked the 10th anniversary of Elsewhere, a living museum and international artist residency in Greensboro, NC.


Mariaelena Bartesaghi was awarded tenure and a promotion to associate professor at the University of South Florida. She also was awareded Teach of the Year by the Florida Communication Association, and was on of the Honorees of Teachers on the Teaching at the National Communication Association meeting in Orlando, in November 2012.


A London reunion of sorts

Matt Carlson, foreground, now at St. Louis University, sat down for dinks in London with Jeff Niederdeppe (Gr '06) and Lee Humphreys (Gr '07), both of whom are at Cornell University, just before the start of the International Communication Association annual meeting.

Ariel Chernin has joined LoyaltyOne as associate director of analytics.

Dannagal G. Young wrote the cover story for the July 1 edition of The Columbia Journalism Review titled "Lighten Up: How satire will make American politics relevant again."


Mihaela Popescu and Lemi Baruh (Gr '07) presented the paper "Digital literacy and privacy self-governance: A value-based approach to privacy in big data ecosystems" during the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 15-19.


Jason Tocci married Genevieve Lewis-Gentry on May 25 during a ceremony at Wellesley College.

Magdalena Wojcieszak this September will join the faculty at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research at the University of Amsterdam as an associate professor in political communication group.

Dr. Wojcieszak's paper "Will politics be tweeted? new media use by Iranian youth in 2011" (co-authored with Briar Smith, Associate Director of the Annenberg Center for Global Communication Studies) was published by the journal New Media and Society.


Daniel Berger will publish his latest book, a mini-history of political prisoners and mass movements from the 1960s to today, in April 2014 through PM Press.

Nicole Maurantonio presented the paper "The myth of the 'Reluctant Symbol': Rodney King and the burden of history" during the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 25-29. She is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Moira O'Keeffe published the article "Lieutenant Uhura and the Drench Hypothesis: Diversity and the Representation of STEM Careers" in the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology (Vol. 5, No. 1). She currently is a member of the faculty at Bellarmine University in Lexington, KY.

Michael Serazio published two op-ed pieces related to his book Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing. The first appeared in The Nation (July 1), and the second a day later in The Wall Street Journal.

Adrienne Shaw married Cathy Hannabach in a civil ceremony on June 18.

C. Riley Snorton published the article "Marriage Mimesis" in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (Vol. 6, No. 2, May 2013). He currently is a member of the faculty at Northwestern University.

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, currently a member of the faculty at the University of Amsterdam, was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University this past Spring, learning about that institution's Center for Youth and Media.


Peter Busse, currently with the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, in Lima Peru, attended the 33rd Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis in Hamburg, Germany earlier this year, where he delivered the presentation "Normative Influence in the Convergence of Social Network Analysis and the Reasoned Action Approach: Predictions from Norms of the Personal Network, Norms of Important Others and Norms of Similar Others."

Brooke Erin Duffy published the article “Manufacturing Authenticity: The Rhetoric of ‘Real’ in Women’s Magazines’ in the latest volume of The Communication Review.

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt received the International Communication Association's Political Communication Division's Outstanding Dissertation Award. She presently is at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Aymar Jean Christian was interviewed by Reuters television for a story about Netflix and how its nominations for numerous Emmy awards has repositioned the company, heretofore known for movie rentals, as a player in television production.

Kara Garrity Liebeskind has joined the firm PlayLab as a research associate.

Jeffrey A. Gottfried joined the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. as a research associate.

Lauren Sessions Goulet received an Honorable Mention award for her doctoral dissertation, "Friends in all the right places: Social resources and geography in the age of social network sites," from the Association of Internet Researchers.

Andy Tan has joined the Annenberg School for Communication as a research post-doctoral fellow in the School's health communication research team.

Mario Rodriguez, currently a member of the faculty at Stetson University, wrote an op ed for the Orlando Sentinel titled "A chilling effect? Privacy and surveillance post-PRISM."

Khadijah White has written extensively and been interviewed numerous times with respect to the fallout from the Trayvon Martin murder case. She spoke to about talking to children about race, her Role ReBoot letter to witness Rachel Jeantel was cited by Moyers & Company and The Huggington Post.

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