Research Finds Tipping Point for Large-scale Social Change

When organizations turn a blind eye to sexual harassment in the workplace, how many people need to take a stand before the behavior is no longer seen as normal?

According to a new paper published to be published tomorrow in Science, there is a quantifiable answer: roughly 25% of people need to take a stand before large-scale social change occurs. This idea of a social tipping point applies to standards in the workplace, and any type of movement or initiative.

Annenberg Presentations at IAMCR 2018

Eleven Annenberg faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows will present at the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s 2018 Conference, to be held June 20-24 in Eugene, Oregon.

The presentations are listed below, and include room location in parentheses. All events are at the University of Oregon. For the full program, visit IAMCR’s conference website.

Thursday, June 21


Audience Measurement and Economy (Fenton Hall 110)

Sixteen Undergraduates Present Senior Honors Theses

This year, 16 Penn seniors wrote an honors thesis and/or a Communication and Public Service Capstone Thesis as a required part of their ComPS concentration. All will graduate with honors at Annenberg’s Communication major graduation ceremony this month.

On April 27, these students presented the culmination of their year of work on their Communication theses at a poster session held in the Annenberg School Plaza Lobby. The students had previously presented their theses to a panel of faculty and fellow students.

New Report Finds Partisan Politics Drives Americans' Attitudes On Surveillance

Today, the Annenberg School for Communication released a report entitled "Divided We Feel: Partisan Politics Drive Americans' Emotions Regarding Surveillance of Low-Income Populations." It is the first national survey that examines Americans’ emotional responses to surveillance practices that disproportionately affect low-income populations. In the US, low-income individuals and people of color are more likely than others to experience commonplace monitoring by government and business.

Annenberg Hosts Sixth Annual Graduate Student Symposium

On April 13, Annenberg hosted its sixth annual Graduate Student Symposium. The event was organized by a student committee including Joshua Becker, Sean Fischer, Megan Genovese, Nour Halabi, Subhayan Mukerjee, and Prateekshit Pandey (pictured at left). The day featured presentations by 18 doctoral students and candidates.

Panel 1 — How to Win Trends and Influence People: Messaging and Its Effects

Joshua Becker — "Can Individuals Benefit from the Wisdom of Crowds"


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