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Larry Gross is the Director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.  Before joining USC Annenberg in 2003, Gross spent 35 years teaching...

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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

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AP / Louis Lanzano

Gay Marriage: From Stonewall to Albany

New York’s action last week signifies more than just one more state added to the list of those permitting same-sex marriage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE


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Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Stinging Mad

Among the many landmarks of the turbulent decade of the 1960s, few have achieved the fame and symbolic resonance of events that began as a fairly routine example of police harassment on a hot June night in 1969.

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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

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AP / Maya Hitij

Is Congress More Progressive Than Hollywood?

Who would have thought that the political capital of Washington would be ahead of the entertainment capital of Hollywood when it comes to allowing gay folks to serve openly?

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AP / Alex Brandon

‘Don’t Ask’: Not Quite Fa La La Just Yet

It would appear that all us gay folks should don our gay apparel and go caroling from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol, thanking our elected representatives for finally giving us the right to kill and be killed without simultaneously hiding in the closet.

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AP / Pat Wellenbach

Is It Lady Who’s Gaga or the Senate?

We live in two simultaneous but radically incongruous realities, where undemocratic arrangements negotiated in the 18th century contend with commercial media industries that covet the enlightened youth.

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Larry Gross
Larry Gross
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Larry Gross is the Director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.  Before joining USC Annenberg in 2003, Gross spent 35 years teaching communication at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Sol Worth Professor of Communication and deputy dean of the Ivy League university’s Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in the areas of media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. From 1971 to 1991, Gross co-directed the Cultural Indicators Project with George Gerbner, which focused on television content and its influence on viewer attitudes and behavior, introducing the theory of cultivation. He has written and edited a number of books, including “Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing” and “Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America.”

Gross was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 1998 and received the International Communication Association’s Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award in 2001.  Gross holds degrees from Brandeis University and Columbia University.

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