The Lear Center sponsored this popular faculty seminar series on Celebrity, Politics & Public Life from 2000 to 2006. Faculty and deans from over 20 departments convened three times each semester to develop an interdisciplinary analysis of political life in this country as it’s shaped by popular culture.
The project was co-directed by USC History Professor Steven J. Ross and Leo Braudy, Leo S. Bing Professor of English.
Topics ranged from Elian Gonzales and Timothy McVeigh to Angela Davis, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Edward G. Robinson. The group included professors and deans from anthropology, art history, cinema-television, theatre, ethnic studies, American studies, German, sociology, business, political science, economics, education, policy and planning, philosophy, gender studies, art history, psychology, communication, journalism, English, and history.