Norman Lear, the producer and filmmaker who transformed the American cultural landscape with television shows like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” will be presented with the 2018 Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Established by Ithaca College, the Serling Award is given to contemporary media industry professionals whose work highlights prejudice, inequality and evolving social norms. The award is presented in honor of “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling and his pioneering efforts in the television industry. Serling taught at the college from 1967 to 1975.
“Perhaps the most powerful thing that popular media can do for today’s society is to spark difficult and meaningful conversations in families, communities, and among friends,” said Diane Gayeski, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. “Over the past 50 years, Norman Lear’s work has done just that. Like Serling, Norman Lear seduces the audience with creative story-telling and induces them to look deep inside themselves to find both the glimmers of humanity and the dark coals of hatred.”