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About the Conversation
Our inaugural Annenberg Conversation event will feature Annenberg Presidential Associate Professor Sarah J. Jackson in conversation with Benjamin Todd Jealous, President of People for the American Way. Together, they will explore race, social justice, and social media.
About the Speakers
Benjamin Todd Jealous
Ben Jealous has spent his professional life at the nexus of social change, media, and emerging technologies. He is President of People for the American Way, former National President & CEO of the NAACP, and former Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA). For more than half a decade, he has been investing in social impact startups. He is also a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School. Learn more about Jealous.
Sarah J. Jackson
A scholar of the public sphere, Sarah J. Jackson studies how media, journalism, and technology are used by and represent marginalized publics. Her first book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press (Routledge 2014), examines the relationship between Black celebrity activism, journalism, and American politics. Her co-authored second book, Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press 2020), focuses on the use of Twitter in contemporary social movements. As a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, she is working on a third book on the political power and industry innovation of African American media-makers. Learn more about Jackson.
About Annenberg Conversations
A new series at the Annenberg School, Annenberg Conversations engage Communication research and scholarship on topical issues together with a wide variety of individuals outside of Annenberg — including academics, activists, artists, and many others. During the 2020-21 academic year, the topic will be race in America.
Annenberg Conversations on Race events are dialogues designed to examine the current state of anti-Black racism in various sectors of society. Each conversation will feature a member of the Annenberg Community together with one or more interlocutors from outside the school, drawing upon diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise that highlight the role of communication and mass mediation in processes of racism and racialization.
These conversations will provide space to speak and listen together to engage the myriad tensions and intersections of communication themes and racial formations.
Future conversations include:
- November 6: "Situating the Kardashians: Skin, Theft, Ops" — Elizabeth K. Hinton, Dixa Ramírez D'Oleo, Ren Ellis Neyra, Vanessa Díaz, and Brandy Monk-Payton
- January 15: "Technology and the Reproduction of Racial Inequity" — Kadija Ferryman and Julia Ticona
- February 5: "Health, Wealth, and Racial Opportunity" — Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins and Shawnika Hull
- March 5: "Taking Race Seriously in Contemporary Content Distribution" — Jeanine D. Liburd, Maori Karmael Holmes, Jasmine E. Johnson, and Aymar Jean Christian
- April 2: "Re-imagining Connections between Academia and Activism" — Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Jessa Lingel