Join us in welcoming our new visiting scholars Susan Douglas and David Hesmondhalgh!
Susan Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan and former Chair of the Department. She is author of The Rise of Enlightened Sexism: How Pop Culture Took Us From Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010); The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (Times Books, 1994) and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987). Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. She served on the Board of the George Foster Peabody awards from 2005-2010, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Board. She is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize, the highest honor given by the Society for the History of Technology to an individual who has greatly contributed to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, and other activities. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband.
During the Spring 2016 semester Professor Douglas will teach Gender, Life Cycle and the Media.
David Hesmondhalgh is Professor of Media, Music and Culture in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. He is the author (with Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett) of Culture, Economy and Politics: the Case of New Labour (2015), Why Music Matters (2013), Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (2011, co-written with Sarah Baker) and The Cultural Industries, now in its third edition (2013). He is also editor or co-editor of seven books and journal special issues, including The Media and Social Theory (with Jason Toynbee, 2008) and (with Anamik Saha) a special issue of the journal Popular Communication on “Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Production” (2013).
During the Spring 2016 semester Professor Hesmondhalgh will teach Music, Media and Communication.
A catered lunch will be provided to those who attend.
RSVP to Emily Plowman by September 18th, 2016.
The Scholars Program in Culture and Communication was established as a venue for thinking about issues related to culture and communication. Each semester we host two visiting scholars whose presence serves as a valuable extension on the areas of expertise our faculty offer our students. Some of past scholars have included Kevin Robins, Daniel Dayan, Ien Ang, Nick Couldry, Slavko Splichal, and James Curran. Our visiting scholars present public lectures and seminars, teach a semester-long graduate class of their choice and become involved in a series of activities planned to increase interest in issues of culture and communication at the Annenberg School, at Penn, in the Philadelphia area, and in the region in the broadest sense.