Librarian and Poet Sharon Black Looks Back on Her Career at Penn

In 1980, Sharon Black was working towards her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Drexel University while dating a “wild-haired” drama graduate student at Temple. “We both loved theater,” she recalls — so when she saw a position for a part-time desk clerk at the Annenberg Library, she applied. 

“I thought, ‘What would be cooler than a job in a theater library?’” Black presumed she’d be interviewing at the Annenberg Performing Arts Center, when in fact the position was with the Annenberg School for Communication.

Do Liberals Make Moral Connections Through Pop Culture?

Drawing on her background in media studies and fan studies, Genovese is studying how pop culture references provide leftists a way to connect to one another and build solidarity around political and social issues, in lieu of using religious arguments.

The Many Contradictions of China

Former CARGC postdoctoral fellow Maria Repnikova studies culture and communication in China — and all the many contradictions associated with the country.

From Mother Jones to Interstellar: Doctoral Candidate Danny Kim Studies Branding and Media Preferences

Apple or Android? Nearly everyone prefers one over the other, and companies spend millions of dollars to construct appealing brands that aim to resonate with how their target users may see themselves or aspire to be seen.

A fourth year graduate student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Danny Kim studies the branding of media products, and he says that this principle is also relevant to media preferences. We like movies, TV shows, music, and other media products that represent or reflect who we are or who we want to be.

Bevan Cohen C'20: Comm Major by Day, Instagram Influencer by Night

When best friends and then-high school sophomores Bevan Cohen and Sabrina Epstein started snapping photos of their lunches around New York City, it just seemed like fun to post them to Instagram. They had no idea that they were on the road to becoming full-fledged Instagram influencers. But 3,700 photos and 313,000 followers later, @eastcoastfoodies has become a trademarked brand.


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