On Saturday, September 19, the Annenberg School for Communication held a Professional Development Day. The event, organized by doctoral students Elisa Baek, Rosemary Clark, Minji Kim, Elena Maris, and Allyson Volinsky, brought a dozen alumni back to Annenberg to share their career advice with Annenberg's current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Renowned photographer Mary Allen Mark, a documentary portraitist who sympathetically captured the lives of those living in the shadows of society as well as those in the spotlight of celebrity, has died in New York City at the age of 75.
Mark, one of the best-known alumnae of the Annenberg School for Communication (B.F.A. ’62, M.A.C. ’64), was regarded as one of the most influential photographers today. Her work hangs throughout the School.
George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Piotr M. Szpunar, Ph.D., (Gr ’14), wrote for The Huffington Post about the death sentence handed down to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the need to examine how the media’s narrative works to foment hysteria over the radicalization of Americans.
Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) by Annenberg alumnus Dan Berger, Ph.D. (Gr ’10) has won the James A. Rawley Prize given by the Organization of American Historians. This honor is bestowed upon the author of the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States.
Dr. Berger received the award during the Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, April 16 – 19.
Professor Joseph Cappella is one of the editors of a special edition of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, May 2015, No. 659, entitled “Toward Computational Social Science: Big Data in Digital Environments.” Professor Cappella’s coeditors are Dhavan V. Shah and W. Russell Neuman.
Work by Professor Cappella and several Annenberg faculty, researchers, and students are in this issue.
Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Piotr M. Szpunar will deliver the talk “The Problem with Internet Radicalization?” at The Governance Lab at New York University on Friday, March 6 at 12:30 p.m.
About the talk:
It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the most innovative web site employed by a candidate for U.S. President in 1996 belonged to U.S. Senator Robert Dole, not incumbent President Bill Clinton. Dole’s website was trend-setting in that it had features like a clean design, portals for news, and it was an early adaptor of using icons for navigation. It boasted “sticky” interactive features, such as a trivia game, to keep visitors on the site.
Pitor M. Szpunar, Ph.D., George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, will speak at Stanford University’s The Contemporary: An Interdisciplinary Working Group Friday, November 7 at noon. The title of his talk is “Futurity and the Problem of Horizon.”
This workshop series examines the “contemporary” with a focus on defining moments – 1945, 1973, 1989, 2001. The group brings together Stanford faculty, graduate students, and visitors from different schools, departments, methodological backgrounds.