Huskers came together to celebrate the legacy of Nebraska alumnus Johnny Carson and the generosity of the late-night television legend’s foundation during a three-day grand opening of the university’s new Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts.
The center opened its doors in fall 2019, offering Huskers the chance to learn skills that can leverage new and emerging technologies for careers in entertainment, film and beyond. Formally dedicated Nov. 15-17, the center was launched by a $20 million gift from the foundation of the iconic talk show host.
“The concept, for me, of what this emerging media arts center could really be great at is to prepare students to work in a future in which the traditional film will disappear,” said Norm Hollyn, a University of Southern California professor and film editor who advised the development of the Carson Center. “It’s not about the tech. It’s about the inner soul of you as a creator, reaching out to other kinds of input and being wiser about it.”
Hollyn died unexpectedly in March. His vision for the center and its importance to being linked to Carson were featured in a video (below) played during a Nov. 17 public celebration of the new campus facility.