Knowledge Held Hostage Conference

The Annenberg Public Policy Center and Rice University in collaboration with the Center for the Public Domain and Public Knowledge held a major conference on Friday, June 18, titled “Knowledge Held Hostage? Scholarly Versus Corporate Rights in the Digital Age.”

APPC Research Cited in Supreme Court Decision (McConnell v. FEC, 02-1674)

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld major provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), citing Annenberg Public Policy Center research as evidence. The Supreme Court cited APPC’s issue ad research in documenting the amount of money that was spent on “candidate-centered issue ads.”

Communication and Political Science scholars gather at Annenberg

An international collection of over 80 communication and political science scholars gathered at the Annenberg School on August 27th for the second annual American Political Science Association Pre-Conference on Political Communication. Focused around the theme "Mass Communication and Civic Engagement," the event was sponsored jointly by the Annenberg School, hosted by Vincent Price, and the APSA Political Communication Section, chaired by Holli Semetko (Emory University).

Michael X. Delli Carpini named next Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication

From Judith Rodin, President of the University, and Provost Robert Barchi:

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael X. Delli Carpini as the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication. A respected scholar in American politics, public opinion research, and mass media, Michael currently serves as Director of the Public Policy Program for the Pew Charitable Trusts. He succeeds Kathleen Hall Jamieson, who has guided the school for the last fourteen years. Michael brings to Penn an impressive portfolio of accomplishments in the public policy arena.

Justice Talking wins two Gracie Awards

Justice Talking has been awarded two American Women in Television and Radio (AWRT) Gracie Allen Awards honoring exemplary work created for women, by women, and about women. The episodes garnering the awards were “Legalizing Prostitution” and “Abortion Battles: Racketeering or Righteous Protest.”

Alexandra Grilikhes, former ASC librarian, dies

Alexandra Grilikhes, director of the Annenberg School for Communication's Library, 1969-1989, died at the age of 70 at her home in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, February 8, 2003.

Ms. Grilikhes "built a real library," remembered Professor Larry Gross, deputy dean of the Annenberg School. "She was there in the beginning, and she built it into a serious academic resource," Dr. Gross recalled. "She was a very skillful librarian, who was quite aware of the complex, multidisciplinary nature of a communications library."

Walter H. Annenberg: A Celebration of His Life, December 6, 2002

Over 1000 attendees celebrated the life of Walter H. Annenberg at the Academy of Music on a cold and snowy day in Philadelphia. Sharing their reflections at the tribute, Walter H. Annenberg: A Celebration of His Life, December 6, 2002, were, in order of appearance:

Annenberg School mourns the passing of Eleanor Maloney

The Annenberg School mourns the passing of Eleanor Maloney, October 29, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Maloney or Mrs. M., as she was affectionately known, served as Assistant Dean at the School for 25 years.

Professor Carolyn Marvin remembered Mrs. Moloney as a "terrific administrator with no respect for bureaucracy except as means to a genuine educational end...She loved students, who knew it and could count on it."

Lalit Vachani appearance

Lalit Vachani, 1989 alumnus of the Annenberg School, spoke Monday, October 21 at the School about his movie, The Men in the Tree. Vachani directed the movie, which is about the RSS, a right-wing Hindu fundamentalist organization.


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