Faculty Videos

Uploaded on 09 Oct 2020

“Emile” is a film that celebrates a scientific mission reflecting on peace, conflict, and healing.

Made by the Annenberg School for Communication, the film charts a year in the life of Emile Bruneau, neuroscientist and founder of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at Penn, as he embraces a brain cancer (glioblastoma) diagnosis with surprising positivity and works to accelerate the timeline of his scientific mission: to use the tools of neuroscience and psychology to bring peace to groups of people who are in conflict. At the same time, he reflects back on his life, including the experience of growing up with a schizophrenic mother and how that built his empathy, and considers how to prepare his young children for the loss of their father.

Bruneau, founder of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, has worked to find actionable strategies for healing the divisions between groups such as Israelis and Palestinians, Democrats and Republicans, Muslims and non-Muslims, Hungarians and Roma, Colombians and the FARC, and many others. His mission is to "put science to work for peace." Read more about his work at pcnl.asc.upenn.edu.

Uploaded on 17 Jul 2020

Political scientist and political communication expert Diana C. Mutz discusses her work and what she finds exciting about it, and the graduate student experience at the University of Pennsylvania. Mutz is the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (ISCAP) at Penn.

Uploaded on 23 Mar 2020

In his new book, Professor Victor Pickard, who is the co-director of the Media, Inequality & Change Center, unpacks the decline in public service journalism and the structural causes behind it, and what that means for a functioning democratic state. For more on the book, visit the Oxford University Press site: https://bit.ly/2Uaro1L

Uploaded on 02 Mar 2020

New Annenberg assistant professor David Lydon-Staley, Ph.D., studies substance use and abuse over the lifespan, with an emphasis on how the small moments of our lives compound to influence our overall behavior. Much of his research focuses on adolescents ages 14-16, and often uses mobile phones as a tool to understand behavior.

Uploaded on 21 Feb 2020

In their new book, out now from The MIT Press, Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles unpack the phenomenon of hashtag activism. Through the use of hashtags like #blacklivesmatter, #girlslikeus, and #justicefortrayvon, the authors explore the way online networks can take up a cause and organize around it. In this video, Jackson, Presidential Associate Professor at the Annenberg School, provides an overview of the book.