APPC Speaker Series (2013-2014)

The Annenberg Public Policy Center is hosting a lunchtime speaker series to engage with scholars, practitioners and policymakers in fields that are relevant to the policy center’s work, including adolescent health, children and media, and political communication. The series is open to the public and all University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, and an RSVP is required. All talks will be in the second-floor atrium at the APPC, at 202 South 36th St. Buffet lunch will be served at noon, lecture at 12:30.

The App Generation: How Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in Today’s Digital World

Drawing on a research program with colleagues at Harvard University, including interviews of young people and focus groups, Katie Davis, Ed.D. , will explore the potential and drawbacks of new media technologies for young people. An advisory board member for MTV’s digital abuse campaign, A Thin Line, Davis is co-author with Howard Gardner of The

Weight Bias and Stigmatization: Implications for Research and Public Health Efforts Addressing Obesity.

Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, will look at the current evidence, extent and health consequences of weight stigmatization. As a senior research scientist, she coordinates research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias and improving the quality of life of children and

Measuring Political Knowledge in the Mass Public: Calibrating a Useful Instrument.

William G. Jacoby, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and a research scientist at the University of Michigan. There is little consensus among scholars as to the best way to measure the knowledge of individual citizens. One strategy relies upon interviewer assessments, though there are systematic differences