CTCS-467: Television Symposium Open House, featuring STRANGER THINGS 2: Episode One

November 20, 2017, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts invites USC students of ALL MAJORS to a special OPEN HOUSE for

CTCS-467: Television Symposium

Featuring Stranger Things 2: Episode One,
and Q&A with Series Creators Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer

Hosted by Professor Mary McNamara, Pulitzer Prize-winning Television Critic and Cultural Editor for The Los Angeles Times

7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. on Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


This is a special Open House class session of CTCS-467: Television Symposium, and priority access & seating will be given to all students registered in the class.

There will also be lecture and other materials screened during the first hour of class as part of the weekly curriculum. Stranger Things 2 will begin at approximately 8:00 P.M., though all guests must be seated in class by 7:00 P.M.

About CTCS-467: Television Symposium

CTCS-467: Television Symposium is a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR in both the Fall and Spring semesters that brings you face-to-face with the leading television writers, producers, directors and actors working today.

Each week, students watch contemporary television programming selected from the best shows on the air, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the show. The class is taught by MARY MCNAMARA, Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times and meets every Monday night from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre at the School of Cinematic Arts Complex.

Past guests to Television Symposium include: Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive (Glow), Ron Moore (Outlander), Conan O'Brien (Conan), David Simon (The Wire, Show Me a Hero), David Benioff & DB Weiss (Game of Thrones), Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Terry O'Quinn & Michael Giacchino (Lost), Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy, Vincent Kartheiser & Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kenya Barris (Black-ish), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!), Vince Gilligan & Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Jenji Kohan (Weeds), Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Kelsey Grammer (Boss), Dan Harmon (Community), Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy), Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect), Tracey Ullman (Tracey Takes On...), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).

Find CTCS-467 on the Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes:

About Stranger Things 2

It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.


About Professor Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara is a Pulitzer-prize winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times, where she has worked since 1990. Previously she was an editor at Ms. Magazine and for Whittle Communications. In her 26 years at The Times, McNamara has worked as an assigning editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a feature writer for Life & Style and a reporter and columnist for Calendar. She covered the film industry for four years before becoming a television critic ten years ago. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014 before winning in 2015. She has won numerous other awards for her work as a feature writer and critic. McNamara is also the author of the Hollywood mysteries Oscar Season and The Starlet, both published by Simon & Schuster. A native of Maryland, she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and women’s studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, two dogs, one hamster and a very large bottle of Advil.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is an Open House preview of CTCS-467: Television Symposium, and is open EXCLUSIVELY to current USC Students Only. RSVPs REQUIRED through this website. Please bring a valid USC ID for Check-In. Doors will open at 6:45 P.M.

All SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu