NewsBerlin 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… MoreEverybody Comes from Away: Art, Politics & 9/11 USC Annenberg’s Center for Public Diplomacy hosts this special event on the Tony-Award winning musical Come From Away, as the show… 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… MoreJobs at The Norman Lear Center Social Media Internship Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of the Norman Lear Center, provides industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health and safety storylines. We are currently seeking interns with an interest in public health and entertainment education to work with our Transmedia Specialist to conduct… 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?… 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
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
“At a time when the amount of information readily available to us keeps growing exponentially, the scarcest commodity is the ability to get people’s attention.” – Marty Kaplan, in Variety, on the harsh spotlight fixed on news outlets in this day and age. Read the rest of his trenchant assessment.
Facebook might need to do some heavy-lifting with its current algorithms: in the last year, nearly half of young Americans 18-29 deleted the FB app from their phone.
READ the New Yorker‘s spot-on celebration of the hit Netflix series One Day At A Time, the wise reboot of Norman Lear‘s 1970s comedy, now overseen by Lear and creators/executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce.
Black, White & Blue Collar: The Family Sitcoms of Norman Lear
I had the keen pleasure recently of speaking for the first time before a class of bright Emerson College LA students. The topic? The TV comedy of Norman Lear and my personal experience working for Norman at three different periods of my life. This was a Comm class, not a creative writing class (though several aspiring writers were present and asked spot-on questions), built around a terrific syllabus by Professor Richard West. The class had spent weeks reading… READ THE FULL BLOG POST.
BlogThe Straight Line From 5,000 Trump Lies To 11 Jews Murdered In Pittsburgh “There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America,” Donald Trump told the Future Farmers of America following the mass murder in a Pittsburgh synagogue at a Sabbath service — the same Trump who said that some of the neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville were “very… MoreThe Suicide Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Our Sick Body Politic This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I would love to believe in petitionary prayer. Especially when life and death are at stake, a God who hears my supplications would be deeply reassuring. Despite my skepticism, I never pass up a chance in shul to say… MoreTrust #PlaidShirtGuy To End Trump’s Nightmare Reign This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I was wondering if I was reading too much into the near-convergence of Sen. John McCain’s funeral; Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the campaign season; and Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish holidays of repentance and renewal.… MoreIn The Face Of Circus Politics, We Need Better Stories This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I recently returned from a Trump fast. It was actually a news fast, but since the news these days is pretty much all Trump all the time, a Trump detox is what it turned out to be. It was… MoreLife, Death And Wrestling With Delacroix’s Angel In Paris This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You must see the garden,” said the guard, in French, pointing to a door in the Delacroix Museum that my daughter and I hadn’t noticed. It led outside and down two sets of stairs to an exquisite courtyard, a silent oasis below… MoreImpact and Time: Tale of Two Stories Media Impact Project Editor’s Note: Journalism can and does spur real change. The following two stories by our MIP guest blogger outlines how two reporters spotlighted serious problems in government agencies and helped initiate improvements. The first is a heartbreaking story involving the overwrought Child Protective Services in Rochester, New… More