Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center, is the Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. A summa cum laude in molecular biology from Harvard College, where he was president of The Harvard Lampoon, he was a Marshall Scholar in English at Cambridge University and has a PhD from Stanford in modern thought and literature.
David Bollier is a Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center and this event?s rapporteur. He is an author, activist, blogger and consultant who studies the commons as a new paradigm of economics and culture. He has pursued this work over the past ten years with a variety of international and domestic partners, including the Commons Strategy Group, an international consulting project that he recently co-founded, and a new blog, bollier.org.
Randy Hall, USC Vice President of Research, is responsible for leading research initiatives across the university, overseeing research advancement, administration and ethics activities. Hall?s experience includes serving as the founder/principal investigator for two national research centers, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research. He also served as senior associate dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering for four years.