USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center

The Norman Lear Center is a nonpartisan research and public policy center that studies the social, political, economic and cultural impact of entertainment on the world. The Lear Center translates its findings into action through testimony, journalism, strategic research, and innovative public outreach campaigns. On campus, from its base in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Lear Center builds bridges between schools and disciplines whose faculty study aspects of entertainment, media, and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between the entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public. Through scholarship and research; through its conferences, public events and publications; and in its attempts to illuminate and repair the world, the Lear Center works to be at the forefront of discussion and practice in the field. Its Founding Director is Marty Kaplan. For more information, please visit



CrissCrossGlobal is a communications consultancy singularly focused on developing campaigns and initiatives that strengthen economic, cultural, and social ties between the United States and the rest of the world.  We do this by harnessing the collective engagement of institutional and individual game changers around issues and trends shaping an increasingly interconnected world. For more information, please visit

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