Faculty News, Awards, and Events

Annenberg Community Mourns the Death of Professor Emeritus Charles R. Wright, Sociologist of Mass Communication

Charles R. Wright, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Communication and Sociology and a member of the Annenberg faculty since 1969, passed away yesterday at the age of 90.

Please click here to view a gallery of photos from Wright's time at Annenberg. 

A distinguished sociologist of mass communication, Wright was noted for his functionalist analysis of media as codified in the 1959 book Mass Communication.

Art Exhibit by Dwayne "Mr. Fish" Booth on Display at the Annenberg School

Dwayne "Mr. Fish" Booth, cartoonist and Annenberg lecturer, has a new art exhibit on display at the Annenberg School. Titled "We Are Not Alone," the exhibit features 10 pencil and ink drawings of famous people who hold considerable influence. Booth argues in his artist's statement that the public values celebrities' opinions over those of the majority. To learn more, read Penn Current's story on Booth's exhibit.

Visiting Scholar Howard Blumenthal Launches Kids on Earth Initiative

Today, 7.5 billion people live on planet Earth, and 1.9 billion — one-quarter of them — are children and teenagers. Approximately half of those young people have internet access, giving them exposure to distant parts of the world and the ability to interact with people from other cultures.

Call for Papers: ICA Preconference on Data and Publics

The call for papers for "Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?" is now open. An ICA preconference, Data and Publics will be held on May 24, 2018 in Prague. The preconference is sponsored by Communication and the Public.

Marin Allen Joins Annenberg as Lecturer and APPC Visiting Scholar

Marin P. Allen, a former top communications official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center for the 2017-18 academic year as a visiting scholar and is teaching a new course this semester at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture and Communication Welcomes Des Freedman and E. Patrick Johnson

Be the media. Know the media. Change the media.

This slogan, used by the Media Democracy Project in Canada, is how Des Freedman, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, frames his intellectual journey. It’s a thread that connects both of this semester’s Scholars Program in Culture and Communication visiting scholars, Freedman and E. Patrick Johnson, the Carlos Montezuma Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Annenberg Welcomes 18 New Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows

This semester, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and other Annenberg research centers are welcoming 13 new visiting scholars and five new postdoctoral fellows. These visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows will spend anywhere from one semester to several years researching and collaborating with Annenberg faculty, staff, and students.

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