APPC Speaker Series (2015-2016)

The Annenberg Public Policy Center is hosting a speaker series to engage with scholars, practitioners and policymakers in fields that are relevant to the policy center’s work, including the science of science communication, political communication, adolescent health, and children and media. The series is invitation-only.

Marin P. Allen, National Institutes of Health

From Autism to Zika: Engaging Rhetorical Communication When the Public Has as Much Trouble Understanding Science as Scientists Do in Explaining It: Marin Pearson Allen is Deputy Associate Director for Communications and Public Liaison and Director of Public Information in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Before she joined
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Gary King, Harvard University

Simplified Matching Methods for Causal Inference in Nonexperimental Data: Gary King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, based in the Department of Government (in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences). He also serves as Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. King and his research group develop and apply
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Dan Kahan, Yale Law School

What Do You Believe People’s “Beliefs” Are?: Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, and a member of the Cultural Cognition Project. He is a visiting scholar at APPC for the spring 2016 semester. Abstract: “What do you believe people’s ‘beliefs’ are: (1) indicators
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Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan

Uninformed: Why People Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It: Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Michigan. Abstract: Thousands of individuals and organizations work to educate others. They seek to improve political knowledge and civic competence. A common
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Geoffrey Cowan, University of Southern California

Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary: Geoffrey Cowan is University Professor of Communication and Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California, and also serves as president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Cowan has been an important force in education, communication, and
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Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania

The Network Architecture of Human Thought: Danielle Bassett is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Abstract: Human thought is predicated on a complex architecture of interconnections that enable information transmission between distinct areas of the brain. Yet gaining a fundamental understanding of this architecture has
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