NLC Internships

INTERNS WANTED If you love entertainment and are looking for experience studying its impact, we want to hear from you. The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center is a research institution that studies and shapes the impact of entertainment and media on society. We are seeking interns to join our team… 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

Quote of the Day: Johanna Blakley

“Without advertising money, social media platforms are unsustainable.” In a CBC news report, Lear Center managing director Johanna Blakley speaks about the wake up call online platforms are experiencing as metrics reveal users’ trust is on the decline. Tech giants could be forced to clean up the rampant online toxicity if… More

Marty Kaplan on All of the Above with Norman Lear

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Marty Kaplan joins Norman Lear and Paul Hipp to talk about the impact of news and entertainment on culture, their founding of the Norman Lear Center, the importance of Bollywood and Nollywood globally, and the sad truth about the amount of real news we actually receive.

Kevin Starr, Legendary California State Historian (1940-2017)

We are deeply grateful for the friendship and guidance Kevin Starr offered as an advisory board member at the birth of the Norman Lear Center. His remarkable and comprehensive series of books Americans and the California Dream, as well as his decades of brilliant teaching and service to the citizens… More

Joyce Appleby, 1929-2016: Noted American Historian & NLC Friend

We were privileged that the late historian Joyce Appleby graced the panel “Vote For My Story – Political Narratives & the 2012 Election” (moderated by Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan) with her keen intellect, rich historical insights and wit. What a gift. Here’s a brief video clip: Here’s the full… More

Gala USC Annenberg Reception for 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun

The USC Annenberg family along with USC President C.L. Max Nikias celebrated ASCJ professor and Popular Music Project Director Josh Kun in late November to honor his receiving a 2016 MacArthur “genius award” Fellowship. It was a moving collection of tributes, thanks, gratitude and joy. VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY. We’re… More