‘We Few, We Academic Sisters’ book talk

Monday, April 8, 2024

Noon 1 p.m. PT

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (ASC), 207

Author of We Few, We Academic Sisters: How We Persevered and Excelled in Higher Education Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach received her PhD in sociology from the University of Washington in 1968 before the second wave of feminism took hold and was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Alberta (last stop to the North Pole). Later that year she was granted a leave of absence to serve as co-chair of the Media and Violence Task Force of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, the only woman on a commission staff of 50. After positions at other universities where she was the only or one of two women, Ball-Rokeach joined the USC Annenberg faculty in 1986 as a full professor. During her USC Annenberg tenure, she flourished with the support and resources of the school to create and lead the Media and Injury Prevention Project, the Metamorphosis Project, and in partnership with the late Michael Parks, the Alhambra Source community-engaged local media platform. While having published numerous books and journal articles, her proudest achievement and honor was to mentor the 150+ graduate students working with her on these projects.