NewsAfrica in the Media In a major initiative to change the way Americans see Africa, the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project has released a seminal report that reveals that Americans seldom see mentions of Africa or Africans on popular television shows or in the news; and when they do, the portrayals are often negative… MoreImmigration Nation: Exploring Immigrant Portrayals on Television This report presents a media content analysis conducted by the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project in collaboration with Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization, to investigate two research questions: 1. How are immigrants and immigration issues depicted on entertainment television? 2. How do these depictions compare with the reality of the immigrant experience?… MoreJobs at The Norman Lear Center If you love entertainment and are looking for a unique experience studying the impact of entertainment on society, we want to hear from you. The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center is seeking interns to join our team for the spring semester. The Lear Center is a research institution that studies… MoreBerlin Lecture: Beats Across Borders – Josh Kun at Humboldt University Music and Movement in the 21st Century In this hybrid musical lecture, cultural historian Josh Kun will use music to… MoreREPORT: How Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Remark About Africa Affected Public Sentiment This analysis of Twitter sentiment in the wake of news reports that President Donald J. Trump had characterized some African nations as “shithole countries” reveals a substantial 66% increase in negative tweets about Trump, and a dramatic increase of over 3,000% in the volume of mentions of Africa. However, there… MoreSetting the Story Straight: Rewriting the Narrative on Immigrants in Television The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Define American and The Hollywood Reporter, hosts this discussion featuring writers and actors… More
“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses stories to grow our empathy and our aspirations,” said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center. “In her fiction and in her essays, in her novels and in her talks, she weaves her insights about gender, race and identity into the narratives of human experience.”
2018 Ev Rogers Award honoree Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s book Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President has won a PROSE Subject Category Award from the Association of American Publishers. The book, published by Oxford University Press, was the subject category winner for Government, Policy and Politics.
An article by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker on Cyberwar says: “Jamieson offers a forensic analysis of the available evidence and concludes that Russia very likely delivered Trump’s victory.” A review in Nature by Alexander Klimburg calls the book “a major step forward in trying to understand the ‘new’ media order — and how open this digital landscape is to malicious exploitation… The result is perhaps the clearest-cut glimpse of what an information war looks like.” Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, investigative reporter Bob Woodward noted that Cyberwar presented “a really important line of inquiry.”
Ev Rogers 2018 honoree Kathleen Hall Jamieson‘s trenchant and chilling book Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President — What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know provides a touchstone source in this New Yorker essay by Joshua Rothman. A must-read.
Mary Poppins Returns
by Steven J. Ross / LA Times
Eighty years ago this week, Nazi leaders unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence against Jews in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. The pogrom of Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, came to be known as Kristallnacht, or night of broken glass. MORE
+ READ Ross’ essay from our Warners’ War project: “Confessions of a Nazi Spy : Warner Bros., Anti – Fascism and the Politicization of Hollywood“
The Lear Center in the News:
Variety: ’13 Reasons Why’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ Among Honorees at 2018 Sentinel Awards, Rachael Yang, October 4, 2018
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘Vida’ Writers Talk Onscreen Representation, by Jenna Marotta, October 3. 2018
Frontline: Creating Virtual Reality Journalism, September 2018
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