Pockrass Lecture: Social Network Sites

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Zizi Papacharissi, a leading scholar of online media, will present the spring 2010 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the HUB Auditorium at Penn State's University Park campus.

Her free public lecture, titled "Social Media, Social People?: Emerging Sociabilities and Social Network Sites," is sponsored by the Penn State College of Communications.

Dr. Papacharissi (PhD University of Texas at Austin, 2000) is Professor and Head of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. Her forthcoming book, "A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age" (Polity Press, 2010), discusses how online media redefine our understanding of public and private in late-modern democracies. She is also presently completing an edited volume on online social networks, titled "The Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites" (Routledge, 2010). She is author of three books, and over 30 journal articles, book chapters or reviews.
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 for the School of Journalism, which later became the College of Communications.

Pockrass Lecture Website:  http://comm.psu.edu/about/pockrass-memorial-lecture

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