Annenberg’s undergraduate courses are taught both by the standing faculty and by notable practitioners in the field of Communication. This semester, the Annenberg School welcomes two new undergraduate lecturers: Doug Glanville, baseball analyst, author, and former Major League Baseball player, and Clovis Bergére, Ph.D., visual ethnographer.
Doug Glanville (C’92) is a graduate of the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. The first African American Ivy League graduate to play in the MLB, he was a first round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs. After nine years in the MLB, Glanville retired from professional baseball and transitioned into a sports analysis career.
In addition to appearing on ESPN programs such as Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter, Glanville has written for ESPN the Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Time Magazine, among others. He is currently a New York Times contributor, writing about baseball and how sports translate to everyday life.
Glanville is active in his community, where he advocates for quality public education that serves the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. He is also passionate about community safety for everyone, working with the Connecticut State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Connecticut Police Office Standards and Training Council. He gave a guest lecture on this work to Professor Amy Jordan’s class in September 2017.
This semester, Glanville will teach COMM 307: Communication, Sports, and Social Justice. The course will examine the current relationship between sports, celebrity, and the power to communicate for social justice. Glanville will incorporate case studies, current events, empirical evidence, and his own personal experience to teach students how to evaluate the patterns and strategies that athletes have employed to elevate issues.
Clovis Bergére, Ph.D., a visual ethnographer, is a recent graduate of the doctoral program in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University Camden, where he has been an instructor for several years. He has taught courses like Global Childhoods, Urban Education with Civic Engagement, and Introduction to Childhood Studies.
Bergére’s research, which has been supported by the African Studies Association, Rutgers Digital Studies Center, and a David K. Sengstack Fellowship, examines the politics of youth in relation to digital media in Guinea. His dissertation, entitled “Digital Society and the Politics of Youth in Guinea,” uses digital ethnography and participatory visual research to examine the ways in which social media, youth, and politics intersect in the public sphere.
This semester, he will teach COMM 325: Global Youth Media. The course will address the formation of the category of “youth” and explore ways in which youthhood has been mediated historically, culturally, and geographically. Focusing on the increased mobility and ubiquity of media – such as film, television, music, video games, and the internet – the course will examine the intersection of digital media and youth as a social category.
The Annenberg School is pleased to welcome Doug Glanville and Clovis Bergére!