October 2008

Democracy in the Age of New Media:
"The Triumph of No" 
Kaplan BrookingsThe Brookings Institution, in partnership with the Norman Lear Center, has just released a report exploring how the media conditioned public opinion and the policy landscape during the national debate on immigration in 2006/07.

Download the complete report here, watch the video here, and read the panel transcript here.
Lear Center Is Partner in Kaiser Study: 
"How Healthy is Prime Time?"BanglesAlbum
At a September 16 briefing in Washington, D.C., The Kaiser Family Foundation released a study, "How Healthy Is Prime Time?: An Analysis of Health Content in Popular Prime Time Television Programs," co-sponsored by the Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society project.

For video and a transcript of the event, click here. Read the USA Today article about the study and other press coverage here.
"The LA Earthquake Sourcebook" to include Kaplan comic book  
Comic GrabAs part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history set for Nov. 13, Art Center College of Design will release a comprehensive sourcebook which contains a comic book by Lear Center Director Martin Kaplan on the topic of earthquake denial, called "A River in Egypt."
For more information about the earthquake drill, the "Get Ready Rally" and The Great Southern California ShakeOut week of events, please click here.
2008 Everett M. Rogers Colloquium BanglesAlbum
"If we are going to solve all of the environmental issues and the economic issues, we have got to move from the point where women are defined as property to the point where women around the world are defined as persons."
- Rogers Award winner David Poindexter
The 2008 Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment-Education was awarded to David Poindexter, the founder and former president of Population Communications International.

Watch Poindexter speak on the diffusion of entertainment-education at the Rogers Colloquium.
2008 Sentinel for Health Awards Ceremony Colleen
"I stand before you as someone who was diagnosed with oral cancer 18 months ago. I am thrilled that Hollywood, Health & Society exists because all I'm trying to do is get the word out."
- Colleen Zenk Pinter, As The World Turns

The Sentinel Awards recognize exemplary achievements of health education in television storylines. The 2008 ceremony was held at the Writers Guild of America, West, in Los Angeles and winners included Desperate Housewives, Private Practice and Breaking Bad. Read more about all the award winners here.
In This Issue
Brookings Report
Kaiser Report
Kaplan Comic Book
Everett M. Rogers Colloquium
Sentinel for Health Awards
Upcoming Events 


Oct 15: "Songs From The Jewish Vaults: Mambo Kings, Israeli Paratroopers, Korean Crooners & other Lost Treasures." Please click here for more info. Annenberg Room 207, includes lunch, RSVP here. 

Oct 27: "Black on Black" documentary by Joe Saltzman
 plays at Annenberg Auditorium, 5pm. Please click here for info. 

Bill Ivey
Nov 11: A reception and book signing for Bill Ivey, author of Arts, Inc. and the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Annenberg Room 207, 5pm, RSVP here and please click here for info.
Mina Yang
Nov 24: USC Thornton School Professor Mina Yang presents "California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads," which will ask what it means to be "Californian." Annenberg Room 207, 12pm, RSVP here and please click here for info.
Jan 15: Call for Entries:
2009 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. For entry requirements and more info, please click here.

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