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In Their Own Words: Annenberg's Undergraduate Communication Majors

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the undergraduate Communication major at Penn, we featured five of our current Communication majors in a series on social media. Below is a compilation of that series, in which we captured the students in their own words. 

Andrew Daniller Named 2017-19 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow

The Annenberg School for Communication has named a new George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow for 2017-19: Andrew Daniller.

Daniller, who will receive his Ph.D. from Annenberg this Spring, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled Politics as Sport: The Effects of Partisan Media on Perceptions of Electoral Integrity, in December 2016. Prior to arriving at the Annenberg School, he completed his Master’s degree in Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and Bachelor’s degrees in Government & Politics and Economics at the University of Maryland.

Vice President Joe Biden Joins Annenberg as a Presidential Practice Professor

The University of Pennsylvania announced today that Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is joining the University with a dual appointment at the Annenberg School and the School of Arts and Sciences, with a secondary affiliation at the Wharton School.

Vice President Biden has been named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at Penn, and he will also lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

Seth Grossman (C’01) to Speak at Annenberg’s 2017 Undergraduate Graduation

Seth Grossman didn’t come to Penn to major in Communication. In fact, Annenberg was largely off his radar when he first arrived on campus as a freshman in the fall of 1997.

But Grossman soon discovered a political communication niche for himself within the Annenberg community, and his Communication major set the stage for an impressive career: a Yale Law degree followed by a Supreme Court clerkship, the role of Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, and now Chief of Staff to Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.

Huffington Post Editor Howard Fineman and Communications Strategist Desiree Peterkin Bell to Teach Annenberg Undergraduates This Spring

As a complement to its expert faculty members, the Annenberg School invites notable practitioners of Communication to offer undergraduate courses in their areas of expertise. This Spring, Annenberg is welcoming two new lecturers to its roster: Howard Fineman, The Huffington Post’s Global Editorial Director and a longtime news analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and Desiree Peterkin Bell, an accomplished communication strategist who served in the administrations of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

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