Informal diplomacy can bring results, Cowan explains at Central European University in Budapest

CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan gave a talk at Central European University in Budapest on May 21 to discuss the famous "shirt-sleeves" summit at Sunnylands between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, highlighting the diplomatic power of such informal meetings. Photo by CEU/Daniel Vegel. "Although the meeting between Obama and Jinping was not official, they did come to an important environmental agreement to phase out harmful hydrofluorocarbons (greenhouse gases)," reports CEU. "There's something about the importance of this kind of informal meeting and maybe we don't do enough of it," said Cowan. "It's the 'gift of time' -…

Geoff Cowan honored with Choate Rosemary Hall 2014 Alumni Award

CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan was recently honored with the 2014 Alumni Award from Choate Rosemary Hall. "Geoff Cowan '60 is being honored for his distinguished career promoting the greater good through communications, including his influence in the fields of law and public policy, broadcasting and journalism, and the humanities and higher education." Choate Rosemary Hall also published a feature on Geoff Cowan, highlighting his role as president of Sunnylands, along with his many other endeavors:…

Watch Geoffrey Cowan – The Play Top Secret in China

Watch CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan lead a lecture on his award winning play, "Top Secret" recently published on YouTube February 28th, 2012. The play won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold Medal for Excellence in Best Live Entertainment and was recently performed in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai before packed auditoriums. In some instances Cowan, and the play's producer, director, and performers were able to talk with audiences about the issued addressed in the play. In some places, Chinese authorities sought to prevent such discussions. Click here to watch the lecture in it's entirety….

Narda Zacchino and Robert Scheer explore tech, jobs, and money in California and Texas

In light of the possibility of Rick Perry nominated as the GOP candidate in the upcoming presidential election, the latest Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology discussed the continual virtual battle between Texas and California. CCLP senior fellow Narda Zacchino and Annenberg professor Robert Scheer came to disassemble the myths surrounding Texas being the new California. Zacchino puts into context some of the claims that Perry has made about Texas. While it is true that Texas has been phenomenal at creating new jobs, they have the highest amount of minimum wage jobs in the country….

Landmark FCC Report highlights CCLP research

For its new report assessing the national and local media landscape and offering policy recommendations on how to preserve the public's access to news and information, the Federal Communications Commission appointed award-winning journalist and CCLP Senior Fellow Cinny Kennard to the working group that led research, conducted interviews and drafted the document. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski publicly thanked Kennard in his remarks at the FCC meeting in Washington D.C. on June 9. Kennard (pictured below) assembled a research team that included CCLP junior fellows Rebecca Shapiro and Monica Alba, along with research associates Cater Lee and Sarah Erickson. They investigated…

CCLP Researchers Share Projects with Annenberg Students, Faculty

From technology's impact on public diplomacy to the role of biography in constructing presidential legacy, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy's (CCLP) diverse range of research projects and policy initiatives on display at the April 13th Policy Research Roundtable. Convened by CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan and hosted by CCLP Research Director Mark Latonero (pictured left), the lunchtime event served as an opportunity for the Center to spotlight its key areas of engagement. "We believe that we have an obligation to produce research that makes a difference," Cowan explained to the standing-room only crowd, which included CCLP Fellows…