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ACG Alumna Barbara Athanassiadis (PIERCE ‘75, DEREE ’78) publishes Travelling in Italy – in Greek & English

Now going by the pen name Barbara Athanassiadis (Rita Athanasiadis PIERCE ’75, DEREE ‘78), a Greek author residing in Rome, has published her cultural guidebook Travelling in Italy, Discovering the Land of Art, History and Culture, in Greek & English, a book that reflects her travels and her love of art.

The book follows her cultural guidebooks on Italy: A Year in Tuscany (2007), Feeling Rome (2009) and My Venice (2014), in Greek and English, which have also been translated into Italian.

Ms Athanasiadis was born in Athens, Greece, and graduated from PIERCE in 1975. She studied at DEREE, earning her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1978, followed by her studies in French Literature at the Sorbonne, where she delved into nineteenth-century French Art criticism, while at the same time engaging even more actively in the study of Italian Renaissance Art – a topic she was later to elaborate on in her TV documentary “Rome, City of Eternal Femininity.” She has also collaborated with Icons Travellers’ magazine, which has featured a string of her articles, inspired by her travels. She divides her time between Rome and Athens.

Her other (fictional) books include Del Monte (1988), Semiramis (1990), In the Shade of Shades (1995) all published by Nea Synora –AA. Livani in Greek.

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Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology, and Politics
By Zizi Papacharissi (PIERCE ‘91)

(Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, Oxford University Press, December 2014)

Zizi Papacharissi, who graduated from PIERCE in 1991, is Professor and Head of Communication Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has published her latest book Affective Publics, to great acclaim. The book, published by Oxford University Press, deals with the role of social media in civic life, examining the role that Twitter plays in uprisings and movements, in particular, but also everyday political expression, and is credited with “introducing a new concept of affective publics to explain how people use newer technologies to make their voices matter in politics.”

The alumna’s other books include A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010), A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010), and Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas (Taylor & Francis, 2009). She has also authored over 40 journal articles, book chapters or reviews, and serves on the editorial board of eleven journals, including the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, and New Media and Society.

Zizi Papacharissi is also editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and of the new open access Sage journal Social Media and Society.

After graduating from PIERCE-The American College of Greece in 1991, Zizi Papacharissi earned her BA in Economics, Media Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 1995, followed by her MA in 1997 in Communication Studies form Kent State University, and her Phd from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in Political Communication – New Media in 2000.