Lecture Programs

Pockrass Memorial Lecture

The Pockrass Lecture was named after the late Professor Robert M. Pockrass, a member of Penn State’s journalism faculty from 1948 to 1977. Pockrass, who specialized in public opinion and popular culture, served as the graduate officer and taught radio news writing.


Apr 13

“ESPN Culture”

Travis Vogan

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Travis T. Vogan, a leading sports and media scholar, will present the spring 2015 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture titled "ESPN Culture." The session is free and open to the public. Vogan is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa.  He is the author of "Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media" (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and "ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire" (Forthcoming, University of Illinois Press).

Previous Lectures

Living In Media = Creating Art with Life

April 02, 2012

Living In Media = Creating Art with Life

Mark Deuze

A leading scholar whose forthcoming book argues the pervasive media culture has changed how people live their lives will present a free public lecture titled “Living in Media = Creating Art With Life” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library on Penn State's University Park campus.

Deuze, who also holds courtesy appointments at the Lisbon University Institute and Leiden University, has published more than 50 journal articles and seven books -- including “Media Life” (Polity Press, 2012).

Deuze’s work has been translated in Chinese, German, Portuguese, Greek and Hungarian. He has served as a research fellow at the Center for International Communications Research of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and a visiting Fulbright Scholar at USC.

October 19, 2012

“Media and Preschoolers”

Kristen Harrision

Media scholar Kristen Harrison will present "Media and Preschoolers' Perceptions of Healthy Eating: Findings from the Michigan STRONG Kids Project," a lecture sponsored by the College of Communications, the Department of Communications Arts and Sciences and University Libraries.

April 08, 2013

Curing Taste: Lifestyle Television and the Globalizing Subject

Divya McMillin

Professor Divya McMillin of the University of Washington Tacoma teaches courses on Asian film, non-western television audiences, critical research methods and media globalization. In 2012, she earned the Distinguished Research Award, the highest recognition of faculty scholarship offered to faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma.

“That’s Pretty Realistic ...”

October 21, 2013

“That’s Pretty Realistic ...”

Rick Busselle

Rick Busselle, a visiting associate professor at Bowling Green State University, will present "That's Pretty Realistic ... If You Think About It: Media Effects and Audience Perceptions of (Un)Realism." Busselle investigates the relations between narrative experiences and perceptions of people and problems in the actual world. Specifically, he is interested the notion of realism, the extent to which media consumers perceive fictional people and events differently from their real world counterparts, and the role perceived realism plays in drawing audiences into or driving them out of narrative experiences. His lecture is free and open to the public.

April 11, 2014

“What Story Survives?”

Carolyn L. Kitch

A free public lecture by Carolyn L. Kitch, will focus on journalism and public memory of voilent events. The Pockrass Lecture, titled “What Story Survives? The Intersections of Journalism, Place, and Vernacular Culture in Public Memory of Violent Events,” is co-sponsored by the College of Communications and University Libraries. Kitch is a professor of journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communications. She also teaches in the school’s Mass Media and Communication doctoral program and has been faculty director for the school’s study-abroad programs in London and Dublin. Her research and teaching areas include memory studies, media history, journalism theory, magazines, gender studies and visual communication.

October 06, 2014

“The World Wise Web?”

Eszter Hargittai

Professor Eszter Hargitti of Northwestern University will present the Pockress Lecture. Hargittai's research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's web-use skills influence what they do online. The event is free and open to the public.