Adam Clayton Powell III

Senior Fellow

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Adam Clayton Powell III leads CCLP's new initiative on mobile phones as a platform for public service. He also coordinates CCLP's Washington DC programming, which includes public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the future of journalism.

Before his move to Washington in 2010, he served as USC's Vice Provost for Globalization, working closely with faculty and deans to advance the university's globalization initiative, expanding USC's international presence and promoting the university throughout the world. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, both of which are housed in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Powell previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the National Science Foundation's Research Center for multimedia research. Powell has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. on training programs in digital media for journalists, educators and policymakers. Previous roles include vice president of the Freedom Forum; general manager of WHUT-TV, the nation's first African-American-owned public television station; executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; and vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio.

As a Senior Fellow at the CCLP, Powell focuses on trends and innovation in print, broadcast and new media, and mobile telephones as platforms for public service, including education, health care and public safety.

Contact Powell at acpowell@usc.edu or (760) 702-0283

Blog Posts by Adam Clayton Powell III

U.S. in Africa: Playing Catchup to China

By Adam Powell | August 5, 2014 0
WASHINGTON - On the eve of the historic US-Africa Summit here, America's number one objective on the African continent is to start closing the gap with China. That was the message from all three speakers at Monday's CCLP Communication Leadership lunch just a few blocks from the State Department. "There...

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Is the US losing the propaganda war with Russia?

By Adam Powell | June 2, 2014 2
WASHINGTON -- Moscow's propaganda machine has vastly outmatched the U.S., according to speakers here today at the June CCLP Washington Communication Leadership forum. "Russia has spent the past twenty years building up," said William Stevens, Director of the Ukraine Communications Task Force at the U.S. State Department, while Washington spent...

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Author urges U.S. public diplomacy to include debates about media content standards

By Adam Powell | May 5, 2014 0
WASHINGTON - What is good for U.S. media businesses but bad for American diplomacy? That is the question posed at today's CCLP Washington forum by Martha Bayles, author of "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad". Author Martha Bayles with Pubic Diplomacy Council president Don...

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Adam Clayton Powell III In the News

The Washington Post noted that Senior Fellow Adam Clayton Powell III was a guest on PBS News' "White House Chronicle." Click here to view the video of Powell's appearance.

Daily Breeze quoted Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow and USC Vice Provost for Globalization, on USC's partnership with Songdo Global University Campus in South Korea.

The New York Times, in a story remembering Adam Clayton Powell Jr., noted that one of his sons is Senior Fellow Adam Clayton Powell III, USC's vice provost for globalization. Powell Jr., who was a legendary Harlem congressman, would have turned 100 years old on Saturday, the story noted.

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