Based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication
, the Norman Lear Center
is a multi-disciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment
, and society
. Through scholarship and research, and its programs of visiting fellows, conferences, public events and publications, the Lear Center works to be at the forefront of discussion and practice in the field. The Center is named for benefactor Norman Lear
, the social activist and philanthropist, and television producer of such shows as "Maude," "All In The Family," "The Jeffersons,"
and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."
The Lear Center officially launched on January 24, 2000. Some of the programs it houses include , which explores the political, cultural, economic and technological implications of the globalization of entertainment; , wherein faculty and deans from over 20 USC departments convene to develop an inter-disciplinary analysis of American political life, as it is shaped by popular culture; and , which provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines. Hollywood, Health & Society is funded by, and works closely with such governmental agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, the National Institutes of Health
, and the National Cancer Institute
. That program hosts its annual to recognize exemplary television storylines that best inform, educate and... Read More