Speaker - Steven J. Ross

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Steven J. Ross is Professor of History and chairman of the History Department at USC. The first person in his family to go to college, Ross received his B.A. from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Philosophy from Oxford University, and a PhD from Princeton University, where he worked with famed historians Arthur Link and James McPherson. Professor Ross has written extensively in the areas of working-class history, social history, and film history.

His first book Workers On the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890(1985) was adapted for the screen by Cincinnati unionists and made into an educational video entitled They Build the City: The Working People of Cincinnati. His second book, Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America (1998), received the prestigious Theater Library Association Book Award for 1999.

Ross' work on movie stars and politics has led to appearances on "The Today Show," ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, Nightline with Ted Koppel, CNN's "American Morning" and "The Situation Room," Fox News, NBC News,and programs broadcast on Canadian, British, and French television”as well as numerous documentaries about Hollywood. He has also lectured at universities throughout the United States and England. In addition to his academic day job, Ross is co-founder and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USCnow in its 10th year.

2 Programs

How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

04.19.11 | 00:52:52 min | 0 comments

Film Lumineux

05.30.08 | 01:17:08 min | 0 comments