• News

    Hitler in Los Angeles A 2018 Pulitzer Finalist! Congratulations Steven J. Ross!! MUST READ: Hitler in Los Angeles, the compelling new history by USC professor and Lear Center advisor Steven J. Ross that tells the chilling, little-known story of the rise of Nazism in Los Angeles, and the Jewish leaders and spies they recruited who… More
    Josh Kun on “Double Vision: The Photography Of George Rodriguez” Popular Music Project director Josh Kun edited and provided texts for Double Vision: The Photography Of George Rodriguez, the first career retrospective of legendary photographer and activist, George Rodriguez. Since the 1950s, Rodriguez has quietly documented multiple social worlds—in California and beyond—that have never before been displayed together, a rare mix… More
    Reproductive Writes: Abortion on TV Needs More Choices This panel discussion features guest speakers Dr. Willie Parker, author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice; Kathleen Bedoya, executive… More
    Women in Their Prime Time: Aging In (and Out of) Hollywood Watch Norman Lear; Academy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno; Alexa Junge, executive producer of Grace and Frankie; and Dr. Zoanne Clack, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, in conversation about… More
    Kathleen Hall Jamieson: 2018 Ev Rogers Award Winner Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center, has… More
    What Is Entertainment, Anyway? Welcome to the Attention Economy: Marty Kaplan Keynote Lear Center director Marty Kaplan explores the place of museums’ messages in our attention economy in his keynote at the 2017… More
  • Noted

    R.I.P. to the multi-gifted and beloved musician, poet and internet pioneer, John Perry Barlow, who died at 70 on February 7, 2018. He was a key contributor to one of our early and most fertile projects, Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content. Read about the ground-breaking book that ATO produced.

    Marty Kaplan talks Oscars in this New York Times piece about protest at awards shows. “There’s a verdict on Hollywood’s sensibility going into it. Would the 35 percent of the country likely to be offended by a highly politicized Oscars tune in in the first place?” Read the full article.

    READ more wisdom from Norman Lear in this funny and moving interview by Jim Newton in UCLA’s Blueprint magazine.

    Lear Center director Marty Kaplan comments on the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal in this NY Times article, anticipating his removal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by noting “There are plenty of other members with a history of abominable off-screen actions. What kind of bad behavior counts and what doesn’t? What is the red line?”

    In this NY Times piece, Lear Center director Marty Kaplan weighs in on the new season of American Horror Story, set in the aftermath the 2016 Presidential election. Are we ready for even more Trump in our entertainment shows? Read the article.

    Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan, quoted in Variety, commented about resurgent Hollywood support for the ACLU in the age of Trump, saying “They may feel this is the time of courage and conscience and standing up and being counted,” and added, “The ACLU is a good vessel for a lot of those values.” Read the complete article.

  • Blog

    What Bette Davis Can Teach Donald Trump About Fake News This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You are teaching a class on media literacy. You want your students to think critically about the truth claims of messages. You bring to the classroom Donald Trump and Bette Davis. You display a Trump tweet about our trade… More
    It’s Not Cambridge Analytica We Need To Worry About, It’s Our Minds This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. The Cambridge Analytica furor, like the uproar over Russian penetration of Facebook that preceded it, has painted a bullseye on Mark Zuckerberg. I get why he and other social media CEOs are waffling about testifying at congressional hearings: They’re afraid that… More
    Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Portrait of 2018 Ev Rogers Award Winner Kathleen Hall Jamieson delivers her Rogers Colloquium “How Russian Hackers & Trolls Exploited the US Media” Monday, March 5th in the Forum at Wallis Annenberg Hall. What could be more timely? 3/2/18: Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls The Decline of American Politics, and How to Fix It Is our… More
    Wanna Try Some VR? Here’s a Guide Lately I’ve been doing a bit of VR bingeing. While I’m not a binge TV viewer, I cannot get enough VR when the opportunity presents itself. Luckily, I’m based in Los Angeles, where new media experiments are all the rage, and my job takes me to exactly the kinds of… More
    Of God, Dice and Fatal Car Acccidents This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. It was the second time I noticed a news story about a fatal crash of a church group that I had the uneasy feeling there was a pattern. That time, it was Baptists, seniors in their church’s Young at… More
    This UFO Changes Everything This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. “Look at that thing, dude!” A hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, two Navy fighter pilots on a Super Hornets training mission spot a whitish, oval-shaped aircraft of some kind flying on an unearthly trajectory at crazy… More