Alumni

Seth Grossman (C’01) to Speak at Annenberg’s 2017 Undergraduate Graduation

Seth Grossman didn’t come to Penn to major in Communication. In fact, Annenberg was largely off his radar when he first arrived on campus as a freshman in the fall of 1997.

But Grossman soon discovered a political communication niche for himself within the Annenberg community, and his Communication major set the stage for an impressive career: a Yale Law degree followed by a Supreme Court clerkship, the role of Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, and now Chief of Staff to Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.

Alumna Q&A: Eileen Le Han (Ph.D. '14) On Her New Book, Micro-blogging Memories

Eileen Le Han (Ph.D. ’14) is an Annenberg alumna and assistant professor at the Center for Integrative Studies at Michigan State University. She researches cultural practices on social media – particularly issues related to collective memory, nationalism, and social inequality – and the role of journalism in those practices.

Han recently published Micro-blogging Memories: Weibo and Collective Remembering in Contemporary China. We asked her about her research and new book:

Sandra Ristovska Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award from National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) Visual Communication Division’s award committee has selected recent Annenberg graduate and current George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Sandra Ristovska’s dissertation as its outstanding dissertation of the year. The reviewers' unanimous decision lauded the project for its innovation and theoretical sophistication. Ristovska will be recognized for her achievement during the NCA conference next week at the division’s business meeting on Friday Nov. 11 from 9:30-10:45am at the Marriott Downtown in room 407.

Giving Voices to the Disenfranchised: Filmmaker, Novelist, Investigative Journalist, and Alumna Nilita Vachani (MAC ’83)

After Nilita Vachani graduated from India’s University of Delhi in 1981, her parents gathered enough money for a one-way flight to the U.S., so she could attend the Annenberg School for Communication and pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

But that dream changed once she enrolled in a documentary film workshop, which at the time was taught by well-known anthropologist, filmmaker and musicologist Steven Feld.

Maria Popova (C’07) to Speak at Annenberg's 2016 Undergraduate Graduation​

She describes herself as “a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large.”

Who better to deliver the graduation address to a group of Communication majors?

A Communication major herself during her time at Penn, Maria Popova (C’07) is the founder of Brain Pickings, a website and weekly e-newsletter in which she curates and shares, well, anything and everything she finds interesting.

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