"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more
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The School of Cinematic Arts was established in 1929 as a collaboration between the University of Southern California and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the school’s launch, USC became the first university in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in film. The school’s founding faculty included Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl Zanuck, among others. Since its founding, the School of Cinematic Arts has had a profound impact on feature and indepedent film, television, film studies, animation, documentaries, commercials, and most recently, interactive media. The school continues to build upon its legacy by redefining its curriculum to fit the changing spectrum of media arts and technology and strives to lead the way in every aspect of motion picture and television production, education and scholarly study.
The Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC) was founded in 1976. Its research and training focuses on the multiple ways that social change processes socially construct and transform the categories of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. ISSC researchers use a combination of qualitative and quantitative social science research methods to undertake empirical investigations into critical social issues facing the nation, with a particular emphasis on the conditions of urban inequality and the potential for effective reform in California and western cities. Institute research seeks to illuminate the lived experiences of people whose social locations are profoundly affected by broad processes of social change. Over the years, research projects at ISSC have helped to establish new research agendas and fields of study in the social sciences, and key findings have influenced academic research, public debate and social policy.