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 “Antioch In Conversation…” series on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Music Academy of the West. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit AUSB’s Scholarship Fund.
The evening will focus on “Laughter and Social Change” as Lear 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 memoir, Even This I Get to Experience. Tickets are on sale now for the program ($27) or the program plus a VIP dinner ($250). Click here to purchase tickets.
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. His work defined an entire era of television.
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, 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 penned 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.”
Don’t miss this chance to experience a golden age in American television in the words of one of the men responsible for shaping it. Tickets are available online – click here to purchase tickets now.
Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and the world.