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Professor Jessa Lingel Leads Zine-Making Workshop on Feminist Pedagogy

A New York City school teacher reflects on the experience of teaching a boys-only class about feminism. A single-mother student uses poetry to discuss the hidden struggles many people face while working toward a college degree. Graduate students reckon with how to handle the scholarly work of people who committed violence against women.

These are just three of the 14 pieces included in a new zine on feminist pedagogy, co-organized by Jessa Lingel, Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Annenberg Faculty Receives Grant for Tobacco Regulatory Science Research

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Rutgers University announced yesterday that they have received one of nine grants from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) new round of Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS). The grant is for five years and totals $18 million. As part of UPenn TCORS, Annenberg Professor Joseph N. Cappella will receive funding to study ways to correct misperceptions about the next generation of “reduced harm” tobacco products.

The Center for Media at Risk Welcomes Inaugural Visiting Scholars

The Center for Media at Risk, directed by Professor Barbie Zelizer, is welcoming its inaugural visiting scholars this academic year: Wendy Chun (Simon Fraser University), Cherian George (Hong Kong Baptist University), and Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University).

Thinking Beyond Yourself Can Make You More Open to Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Public health messages often tell people things they don’t want to hear: Smokers should stop smoking. Sedentary people need to get moving. Trade your pizza and hot dogs for a salad with lean protein.

For many people, these messages trigger our natural defenses. They make us feel bad about ourselves and our choices, leading our subconscious to reject the healthy encouragement.   

The Annenberg School Welcomes 21 New Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, six new visiting scholars and 15 new postdoctoral fellows are joining the Annenberg School for Communication, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and several other Annenberg research centers. These scholars will research alongside and collaborate with Annenberg faculty, staff, and students for anywhere from one semester to several years.

Educational Program Successful at Reducing Forced Sex in South African Adolescents

Southern Africa has some of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world, with 20 percent of adolescent girls and boys reporting that they have been forced to have sex. In many cases, they are also the perpetrators: in one survey, 12 percent of boys and 5 percent of girls admitted they have forced someone else into sex.

Given that forced sex experiences are linked to increased rates for HIV, depression, suicide, substance use, and early pregnancy — and it is a problem that spans the globe — it is an area ripe for public health interventions.

Culture and Technology Scholar Julia Ticona Studies the Promise and Perils of the Gig Economy

When you see a McDonalds, you might think about the delicious-meets-unhealthy world of Big Macs and fries. But there is a whole strata of society that sees something else first: free internet.

These are the people that Julia Ticona studies: the low-income workers in America who scrape by juggling multiple minimum wage jobs and side hustles. For many, computers and reliable home internet can be unaffordable luxuries, making cell phones an essential lifeline to employers who may call them to work — and induce a childcare scramble — at any time. 

Professors González-Bailón and Mutz to Participate in Research Partnership with Facebook

What role does social media play in the dissemination of news? Does social media have an influence on elections? Can social media impact American democracy?

These are questions academics have been asking in recent years, but to find definitive answers, researchers need full data access from a private company, like Facebook, and complete freedom to publish without company permission. Those two things do not usually come in one package.

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