In our communities, we often look to the ideas of historic and contemporary philosophers, religious leaders, and politicians to shape our understanding of the world.
Faculty News, Awards, and Events
What characterizes effective messaging campaigns? What makes some people more likely to share ideas? How would we know if a campaign is working? This semester, Professor Emily Falk offered a new undergraduate course to arm an emerging generation of researchers with the skills to conduct rigorous quantitative research that would allow them to answer these questions and a wide range of others.
Have you ever wondered why Uber is massively popular, but you’ve never heard of similar company Curb? Or why certain fashions become wildly popular and others never make it off the runway? What drives these sorts of trends?
Over the course of 21 years, Professor Amy Jordan has taught more than 3,000 students and become a well-respected and beloved faculty member to countless students, faculty, and staff members.
It was an emotional occasion on Friday as Jordan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Adjunct Full Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, delivered her last-ever class lecture at Penn. Starting in January, she will be a professor at Rutgers University.
Lecturer Dwayne Booth: And Then the World Blew Up (Fantagraphics)
Professor Emily Falk: “Who Likes to be Reachable? Availability Preferences, Weak Ties, and Bridging Social Capital” (Information, Communication & Society)
Professor Victor Pickard: “Structural Collapse: The American Journalism Crisis and the Search for a Sustainable Future” in What is Sustainable Journalism? Integrating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Challenges of Journalism (Peter Lang)
“We begin by acknowledging that we are gathered today on the traditional land of the Musqueam people. We would like to pay our respects to Elders past and present and thank them for their hospitality.” This statement – called a land acknowledgement – is how each session of SummerCulture 2017 began.
Led by Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, SummerCulture is a two-week immersive research experience for Annenberg graduate students held in a different foreign country each year.
Professor Amy Jordan has been rubbing elbows with some pretty famous celebrities lately — furry elbows.
Jordan was recently elected to the board of trustees at Sesame Workshop, creators of Sesame Street and a nonprofit organization focused on early childhood development. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Adjunct Full Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School, Jordan was elected to the Sesame Workshop board to provide her expertise on the effects of educational media on children.
Marwan M. Kraidy, the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics, and Culture at the Annenberg School, is the 2017 winner of the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award for The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard University Press, 2016). The award will be officially presented next month at the annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), held this year in Dallas, Texas.
In the supermarket, foods labeled “organic” carry premium prices. Consumers generally believe that organic food is healthier, and in many cases they’re right. But what does it mean when the word “organic” is on a cigarette pack? Is smoking an organic cigarette better for your health?