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George Lucas to Receive USC Presidential Medallion

Noted filmmaker, and benefactor George Lucas will be awarded the USC Presidential Medallion -- the school's highest honor -- by university President Steven B. Sample on Monday, April 26, 2010.

"We at USC are so proud to count George Lucas as a member of our Trojan Family," said Sample. "He has distinguished himself as a creative genius, a prescient supporter of multimedia literacy, and a devoted alumnus. Not only has he inspired and delighted audiences worldwide with his imagination, but he is generous in ensuring that new generations of artists and innovators can illuminate the human condition and give wings to their greatest dreams.

"Through his extraordinary imagination, wisdom and continuing guidance, he has helped create a wealth of opportunities for the talented young women and men in the USC School of Cinematic Arts."

Added USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth M. Daley: "Since his graduation in 1966 from USC School of Cinematic Arts, George Lucas has remained an unwavering supporter of the school and its goals. Today, as chairman of both Lucasfilm Ltd. and the nonprofit George Lucas Educational Foundation, as well as a member of the school's Board of Councilors, he continues to explore -- and to share -- his passion for cinematic arts and for learning."

Lucas has been in the vanguard of promoting fluency in sound and visual imagery in addition to the written word. He has been instrumental in creating and guiding USC's Institute for Multimedia Literacy, the mission of which is to advance educational programs and conduct research on the changing nature of literacy in a networked culture.

The Lucasfilm Foundation's $175 million gift in 2006 to the USC School of Cinematic Arts strengthened the school's endowment and supported the construction of a world class cinematic arts complex. There, using the latest resources and tools, new generations of artists are mastering the techniques of film, television, animation, writing and interactive media, and top researchers are developing innovations that are pushing out the frontiers of communication, entertainment and education.


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