Reducing Adolescent Risk: Toward an Integrated Approach, a 500-plus page volume that summarizes presentations and discussions held at the June 2002 conference of the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute, Annenberg Public Policy Center, has just been published by Sage (Spring, 2003). The book focuses on common influences that result in a number of interrelated risk behaviors in order to design more unified, comprehensive prevention strategies.
Dr. Caryn E. Lerman, Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Services at the Abramson Cancer Center, has been appointed to the first endowed chair created from a $100 million bequest from the family of the late Ambassador Walter Annenberg to Penn's School for Communication and Public Policy Center.
"Dr. Lerman is the lead scholar on much of the important work done in collaboration with Annenberg School faculty to prevent teen smoking. She is among the shining examples of cross-school collaboration at Penn," said Dean Kathleen Hall Jamieson.
Ph.D. candidate Lilach Nir's "Group Influences on Opinion Expression and Change," co-authored with Annenberg professors Vincent Price and Joseph N. Cappella, was competitively selected to a panel presentation at the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, St. Pete's Beach, Florida, May 16-19, 2002. The paper was also presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Seoul, Korea, 15-19 July, 2002, where it received a Top Paper award in the Political Communication Division.
The Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, invited Professor Klaus Krippendorff to be one of the critics of graduate work done at its 3-D (Industrial Design) Studio on February 1, 2003. His visit culminated in a public lecture on Design Discourse on February 2. In that lecture, Dr. Krippendorff analyzed the way of languaging among designers, the reasons for their current inability to defend themselves from being colonized by other discourses, and what needs to be done to develop indigenous design methods and empirical research in the service of design activity.
Professor Barbie Zelizer has been on the road quite a bit this semester. In February she gave two talks at the University of Minnesota, one at the Weisman Art Museum, The Holocaust Through the Camera's Eye, sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her second talk at the Journalism Center bore the same title as the book she recently edited with Stuart Allen, Journalism After September 11 (Routledge, 2002). At the end of March, Dr.
Klaus Krippendorff delivered the keynote address at the Congress of the European Communication Association, March 24-27, 2003, in Munich, Germany.
Why has the public persisted in believing that violent crime is a widespread national problem in the U.S. despite declining trends in crime and the fact that crime is concentrated in urban locations? So ask authors Daniel Romer, director of the Institute for Adolescent Risk Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor and Dean, and Sean Aday (PhD, 1999) in the current issue of Journal of Communication (March, 2003, Volume 35, Number 1).
Jessica Fishman (Ph.D. 2001) and Professor Carolyn Marvin are co-authors of "Portrayals of Violence and Group Difference in Newspaper Photographs: Nationalism and Media" in the current issue of Journal of Communication (March 2003, Volume 53, Number 1). The authors analyze group membership of violent agents and types of violence in front-page photographs from 21 years of The New York Times. Using a trimodal definition of media violence, they confirm the hypothesis that non-U.S. agents are represented as more explicitly violent than U.S.
"Cradle," an 11-minute experimental dance video created by Assistant Professor Katherine Sender, Joe'l Ludovich, and Myra Bazell was screened as part of Ladyfest at the Painted Bride Arts Center, March 20th. It will also be shown as part of the Philadelphia Dance Project's Motion Pictures Festival at the Prince Music Theater on Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., and as part of the Philadelphia Festival of Independents at the Seaport Museum on Thursday, April 10, at 7:15 p.m.
The New York State Communication Association (NYSCA) invited Professor Klaus Krippendorff as key note speaker to its 60th anniversary annual conference, October 25-27, 2002 in Terrytown, New York. The theme of the conference was Imagining the Possible: Communication, Crisis, and Social Change. Drawing on this theme, Dr. Krippendorff's address, "The Possibility of Possibility," contrasted two paradigms of knowing: science and design. He suggested that in modernist science, possibilities and theories are incompatible.