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Huffington Post Editor Howard Fineman and Communications Strategist Desiree Peterkin Bell to Teach Annenberg Undergraduates This Spring

As a complement to its expert faculty members, the Annenberg School invites notable practitioners of Communication to offer undergraduate courses in their areas of expertise. This Spring, Annenberg is welcoming two new lecturers to its roster: Howard Fineman, The Huffington Post’s Global Editorial Director and a longtime news analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and Desiree Peterkin Bell, an accomplished communication strategist who served in the administrations of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

TCORS Study Shows Effectiveness of Testimonial Warning Labels on Tobacco Products

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Cigarette packaging has required textual warning labels about the health risks of smoking since 1966. Yet, 15 percent of U.S. adults — 36.5 million Americans — currently smoke cigarettes. How can warning labels be improved to encourage smokers to quit?

Barbie Zelizer Named Inaugural Peabody Fellow

The Media Center at Peabody announced that Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, has been named an inaugural Peabody Fellow Scholar.

Zelizer is familiar with Peabody and its work, having concluded her term as a Peabody Awards judge in 2016, after serving for six years.

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.

Call for Abstracts: ICA Preconference on Varieties of Publics and Counterpublics

Held on May 25, 2017 in San Diego, this preconference aims to reinvigorate scholarly debates about publics and public spheres and their implications for democratic politics by bringing together scholars from various areas and intellectual traditions to share their thoughts and insights. We invite submissions that highlight the rich varieties of publics and counterpublics in modern societies. We encourage scholars to interrogate the assumptions of unified publics and to examine the forms, meanings and functions of multiple publics and counterpublics.

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