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Dean's Picks: Top 13 of Spring 2013

What a great semester it's been, full of fantastic student work, faculty achievement and some new faces, all capped off by a wonderful commencement. Check out video and text of speeches from 2013.

Lindsay Grace
Nationally-Recognized Experts Join SOC

SOC is proud to welcome Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist John Sullivan, New Media Expert Expert Andrew Lih and Gaming Guru Lindsay Grace.



Brokaw and Clooney

Brokaw and Clooney 'Remember JFK'

AU’s School of Communication and The Newseum joined forces on May 1 to present “JFK Remembered,” an event held in the Newseum’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater. Read more


Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews Joins AU for JFK Speech Panel

The Hardball host paid tribute to JFK's "A Strategy of Peace" speech at SOC's event. Read more



Student and Alumni Achievement


Experiencing Cuba Through the Lens

Students saw the effects of the United States’ 50-year blockade of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, as well as the island nation’s culture, politics, and socio-economics. Read more


Jan Boyles

Meet Inaugural Google Journalism Fellow Jan Boyles

SOC PhD student Jan Boyles was one of 8 students selected for the prestigious Google Journalism Fellowship. Read more



Solar Decathlon

AU Teams Up on International Sustainable Home Competition

American University has joined two other D.C. schools to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Read more



Faculty Success

Maggie Stogner

360 Learning: Professor Recruits Students to Work on Museum Exhibition

SOC's Maggie Stogner invited students to work on her latest project, Roads of Arabia. Read more


Brigid Maher

Professor Explores Changing Face of Midwifery in New Film

Maher's film follows DC-based nurse midwives, their patients, and the doctors they work with over a two-year period, documenting their stories along the way. Read more


Showtime Series
Workshop Journalists Join A-List Celebrities and Producers on Showtime Series

Investigative journalists Mishi Ebrahim and Chuck Lewis work with A-list celebrities and producers on climate change documentary series. Read more


From the Fields

'From the Fields' to Capitol Hill

Professor Carolyn Brown took her film From the Fields on a national screening tour, from coast to coast and to Capitol Hill. Read more


Matt Nisbet

Nisbet Explores Role of 'Knowledge Journalists'

Nisbet's paper examines Bill McKibben's career and impact on the debate over climate change. Read more



The Digital Future

Matt Thompson

NPR's Matt Thompson Teaching New Media Entrepreneurs

The School of Communication’s newest incoming adjunct instructor, Professor Matt Thompson learned media technology on the fly.
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Digital Media Student's Work Gets Noticed

iTunes highlighted Pam Willenz's JuiceQuest podcast as "New and Noteworthy". Read more