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

Do You Really Know How You Impact Your Audiences?

THE PROBLEM You know that audiences keep growing, but you’re struggling to find, target and expand the audiences you want most: loyal: engaged people who want to be part of your community. And the more data you have, the more you wonder how meaningful it is. THE SOLUTION: THE USC… More

2016 Sentinel Awards Finalists Announced

Fourteen finalists have been chosen from almost 80 entries for the 2016 Sentinel Awards, showcasing a diverse range of topics including healthcare, sexual abuse, Ebola and climate change. Now in its 17th year, the Sentinel Awards are presented in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by… More

Lear Center at the APA Convention

Lear Center’s Research Director Beth Karlin attends the American Psychology Association’s (APA) annual convention. The 124th APA Annual Convention takes place Aug. 4-7, 2016, in Denver and features more than 50 social hours and other networking events, and more than 1,000 sessions covering the entire field of psychology. Dr. Karlin… More

The Case for Stylized, Cartoonish PG-13 Violence

Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan writes in a “Room for Debate” piece in the NYT: “I’m squeamish about violent movies. I didn’t used to be. From 1969, when I saw The Wild Bunch to 1995, when Braveheart came out, I could certainly handle the gore. I bought the aesthetic case… More