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Antioch in Conversation... Norman Lear: An Evening of Laughter and Social Change
Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West
Santa Barbara, CA
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Antioch in Conversation... Norman Lear: An Evening of Laughter and Social Change
Norman Lear - who produced such iconic television shows as "All in the Family," "Maude," and "The Jeffersons" - will be the next speaker in Antioch University Santa Barbara's (AUSB) "Antioch In Conversation..." event series on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Music Academy of the West.

The evening will focus on "Laughter and Social Change" as Norman and interlocutor Barry Kemp - producer and writer for "Newhart," "Taxi," and "Coach" - explore Lear's career and ways his television shows helped shape public discourse on previously taboo subjects. Video clips will illustrate and augment the conversation. After the lecture, Lear will sign copies of his book, "Even This I Get to Experience."

Lear's lengthy resume in film and television began in 1971 when he produced "All in the Family," the comedy featuring the abrasive Archie Bunker, for CBS. Over its nine seasons, "All in the Family" earned four Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series and a Peabody Award. Lear followed this breakthrough success with a string of sitcoms, including "The Jeffersons;" "Maude;" "Sanford and Son;" "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman;" and "Good Times."

A social activist, Lear founded the progressive non-profit organization People For the American Way in 1980 with a mission to protect Constitutional freedoms for all Americans. Lear remains on the organization's board of directors today, serving as founding chair.

The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California was established as a non-partisan think tank concerned with the social, political, and cultural impact of entertainment on the broader world.

Most recently, Lear has written "Even This I Get To Experience," a memoir detailing his life in the entertainment industry and how he drew upon his own life experience to create memorable television characters such as Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, and Mary Hartman. Former President Bill Clinton said, "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it."


Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West (View)
1070 Fairway Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
United States


Arts > Literary
Other > Fundraisers

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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