Following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Emile Bruneau noticed a pattern: howls from the far right condemning all Muslims for the attack, followed by passionate counterarguments defending the vast majority of Muslims who are blameless. The tactics were all over the map: heartstring-tugging stories of Muslim refugees overcoming adversity, logical statistics detailing the miniscule percentage of Muslims who actually commit violent acts, interviews with stereotype-defying Muslims.
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.
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.
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.
The National Communication Association’s 103rd Annual Conference will be held November 16-19 in Dallas, Texas. Below are the presentations, posters, and panels being contributed by the Annenberg community, organized by date and time. Events are being held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and at the Dallas Marriott City Center; the two hotels are connected by an enclosed walkway.
Friday, November 17
9:30am – 10:45am
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.
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.
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.