Using theatre and aesthetics to advance diplomacy with China may be the most polymathic approach to international relations to date. In this Polymathic Pizza session, discover with University Professor Geoffrey Cowan how his life and work as academician, as playwright, and his position as a foundation president have intersected to engage China's leadership and its citizenry politically and culturally. The aesthetic dynamic of this polymathic equation will launch the discussion naturally into the political and academic aspects of Professor Cowan’s diverse life/work and will inspire students to find their own unique life/work connections to advance global change and progress.
For more than 30 years, Geoffrey Cowan has been an important force in almost every facet of the communication world—as a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author and award-winning teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official. From 1996-2007, he served as dean of the USC Annenberg School. In 2006, he was named the inaugural holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the Annenberg School and director of the School's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He holds a joint appointment in the USC Gould School of Law, teaches courses in journalism, and is directly involved in the work and research of a number of major centers and projects at the Annenberg School, including the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, which he founded, the Norman Lear Center, the USC Center on Communication Law and Policy, the Charles Annenberg Weingarten Program on Online Communities and the USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future.