Mission Statement

The Carsey-Wolf Center supports research, teaching, and public programming about media. The Center fosters creativity, critical skills, historical understanding, and new forms of literacy that students need to be informed citizens. Engaging industry professionals and policy makers, as well as students and scholars, the Center seeks to increase public understanding of the role of media in society and inform policy debates.

Among the Center’s innovative and interdisciplinary initiatives are the Environmental Media Initiative, a project that explores the role of communications and media in environmental decision-making and investigates how media can help translate science to policy solutions; and the Media Industries Project, which brings together industry experts with scholars to envision the technology, business models, and forms of arts and entertainment that will define the media industries of the future. The Center also oversees industry internships for students and academic residencies for industry professionals.

In the Carsey-Wolf Center’s 296-seat Pollock Theater, students, faculty and the public participate in programming that includes film series and visits from filmmakers from across the country and around the world. The media labs, sound stage, and production suite support student productions; the archive enables the research of students and scholars; and the Wallis Annenberg Conference Room, like the Pollock Theater, is the venue for lectures and conferences. The Carsey-Wolf Center offers an intellectual as well as a physical space in which the university and media industries can interact through educational activities, research projects, and public programming.