News & Events
Mar 4, 2014
A Penn State alumnus who has crafted a long and successful career in communications will present a free public lecture titled “How to Succeed in Corporate America” during a visit to the University Park campus in mid-March.
Mar 4, 2014
An expert on "big data" will discuss how communicators and corporations use the information during a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Kern Auditorium.
Mar 3, 2014
Professor and associate dean Marie Hardin will moderate a session titled "Tilting the Playing Field: Women in Sports Media" at 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Washington, D.C.
The panel, coordinated by the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, brings together leading scholars and industry representatives to discuss media coverage of women’s sports and issues, both on the screen and behind the scenes.
Panelists include: Andrew Billings of the University of Alabama; Christine Brennan of USA Today; Neena Chaudhry of the National Women’s Law Center; and College of Communications alumna Erin Whiteside from the University of Tennessee. The session is free and open to the public.
Based on work by Hardin, Whiteside and Billings regarding women working in the sports industry, Title IX coverage and airtime dedicated to women’s sports, the panel will discuss the uphill battle women face in the industry. Brennan and Chaudry will respond to the research with their perspective as industry professionals.
More info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tilting-the-playing-field-women-in-sports-media-tickets-10401476095
Mar 3, 2014
A Pulitzer Prize winner and a Penn State alumnus highlight the 30th Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers scheduled April 1-2 on the University Park campus and presented by the College of Communications. The free public conference includes sessions on consecutive days with the writers reading from their work and then participating in question-and-answer sessions. Two free public lectures comprise the conference with the visiting writers reading from their work and then participating in question-and-answer sessions. No registration is required for either lecture.
Feb 28, 2014
A Penn Stater who serves as the ESPN administrator in charge of the all-sports network’s most high-profile program and all of its news gathering efforts will be featured in a free public session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
Feb 28, 2014
A longtime civil rights leader and former executive director of the NAACP told Penn State students to actively pursue their dreams during an on-campus guest lecture as part of African-American History Month activities in the College of Communications.
The Rev. Charles Smith began his career in ministry as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Huntington, W.Va., in 1960. As he worked to end segregation in the community, he engaged partners and initiated programs that touched on economic development, education, employment and housing. He also served as director of the West Virginia Jobs Program, a statewide advocacy program working to provide jobs and eliminate class and racial barriers to employment.
Still, Smith's activisim began long before he completed his education -- which includes a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University, a master's from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Religion, post-graduate certifications in epidemiology in public health from the University of Pennsylvania, and an executive management certificate from Harvard University.
"In 1949 I was on a train from Kentucky to Virginia and at one point we were told all of the blacks had to get out and into one car," Smith told the audience in Waring Commons during his free public session Thursday. "But I didn't move, and that's what started my years of protests."
As he related high points and important messages from his lifetime of activism, Smith focused on the fundamental importance of individual actions. While things such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were seminal moments, he said room remains for much change and improvement. In addition to his duties at the NAACP and as a NAACP board member, Smith was co-founder of Action Inc. and an aide to U.S. Sen. John Glenn during his career.
"Envision the world you want," Smith said. "You have to decide to be the change."
Along with Smith's lecture, the event included performances by Ambitions Dance Company and United Soul Ensemble as well as a poetry reading. The event was sponsored by the African, Hispanic and Native American Student Association (AHANA) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
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Daryl Lang (2001, Journalism),
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