An Evening of “Laughter and Social Change” with Norman Lear

Posted on Mar 2 by SEASONS Magazine

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s engaging lecture series Antioch In Conversation will host legendary writer and producer Norman Lear on Friday, March 6 at the Music Academy of the West (1070 Fairway Rd.).

Lear, whose career highlights span from the Emmy-Award-winning series All in the Family to sitcoms such as Maude and The Jeffersons, is also a social activist, having founded the progressive non-profit organization People For the American Way in 1980 with the mission of protecting constitutional freedoms for all Americans.

Lear will discuss “Laughter and Social Change” with interlocutor Barry Kemp, a producer and writer for NewhartTaxi and Coach. The pair will explore Lear’s career and the ways in which his television shows have helped shape public discourse on previously taboo subjects, using video clips to illustrate and augment the conversation. After the talk, Lear will sign copies of his memoir, Even This I Get to Experience.

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 at, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit AUSB’s Scholarship Fund.

—Ali Van Houten


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