About The UofH – A university without walls, students etc.

The UofH – Navigare necesse est

The UofH – Navigare necesse est

The University of Hollywood (UofH) was founded in 1980. Its motto “Navigare necesse est” along with the image of one of the sailing ships of Christopher Columbus on the T-shirts of the university stood for finding the satisfying, successful way in life, and in the case of the Genoese explorer, the reward of bold endeavour. Navigation is important for countries, corporations, cities, institutions and, above all, for individuals. In the case of Columbus, the New World he discovered produces at least a third of the world’s GDP. The UofH was launched in 1980 with an event that featured a guest-list of Hollywood luminaries – academicians, actors, and musicians. The festivities were reported even in the New York Times. The story was important as the UoH was unique in being created as a university where ‘professors,’ wherever they came from, could freely present their ideas and share them with each other.

The UofH quickly realized that, if it were to grow to its potential, the few lectures that it gave in rented venues would have to be held in buildings of its own. At this point the wind left the sails of the UofH at the prospect of raising millions of dollars for such a new idea. Today, the UofH, thanks to Internet, an extremely favourable wind is blowing. The UofH is able to offer to ‘professors’ the space they need to express themselves as well as, through sponsored advertising, a financial reward for their efforts.

Who are the ‘professors?’ They are individuals of any age and education able to express themselves with a quality of thought – relative to their peers – equal to that of traditional professor-teachers to their students.

The mission of the UofH is to offer ‘professors’ the opportunity to easily place their writings and videos on its website and share in the advertising revenues they generate. The original idea of the UofH in 1980 is as fresh and daring as it was then. Welcome to the University of Hollywood.

Founders Thom Keyes, Timothy Leary, James Coburn, Marlon Brando, Richard Herland and other like-minded individuals created The University of Hollywood in 1980 as a platform for the exchange of leading-edge ideas and as an antidote to the lack of debate. The platform is a ‘university of professors’ who want to profess in their field and has no students. It is an innovation platform at the heart of which lies enquiry and understanding to make sense of simple as well as comLA Weekly 1980plex topics under the umbrella of meticulous research and scholarship. This philosophy is embodied in our logo and motto designed by Thom Keyes: Navigare necesse est.

Founder Thom Keyes famously distributed a large notebook filled with blank pages to the original founder members and referred to this notebook as the University of Hollywood’s manual and mission statement. The University of Hollywood aims to continue this tradition today and constantly questions preconceived ideas and conventional truths.

The UofH Mission Statement – ‘There is no discovery without a journey’

Authored by Thom Keyes

The UofH MemorandumFounders Thom Keyes, Timothy Leary, James Coburn, Marlon Brando, Richard Herland and other like-minded individuals created The University of Hollywood in 1980 as a platform for the exchange of leading-edge ideas and as an antidote to the lack of debate. The platform is a ‘university of professors’ who want to profess in their field and has no walls, no students. It is a digital innovation platform at the heart of which lies enquiry and understanding to make sense of simple as well as complex topics under the umbrella of meticulous research and scholarship. This philosophy is embodied in our logo and motto designed by Thom Keyes: Navigare necesse est.

Founder Thom Keyes famously distributed a large notebook filled with blank pages to the original founder members and referred to this notebook as The University of Hollywood’s manual and mission statement. The University of Hollywood aims to continue this tradition today and constantly questions preconceived ideas and conventional truths.

The names of the original ‘professors’ can be found below…

Thom Keyes, Founder of The UofH

Biography from the inner sleeve of Thom Keyes’s novel, The Second Coming

Thom Keyes

Thom Keyes, writer and founder of The UofH

California born, Thom Keyes came to England at the age of six in 1948. He studied at Malvern College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Germanic Philology and started to write seriously. He arrived in London with three science-fiction stories already in print and a controversial first novel, All Night Stand. Since then, he has prepared several important screen plays in England and Hollywood. The Second Coming was written at the author’s home – a sixteenth century manor house in Huntingdonshire – once a haunt of the ‘Bloomsbury’ set. Mr Keyes is currently working on his third novel, Battle of Disneyland – a satirical, brilliantly funny, study of contemporary American decadence.

Thom Keyes died in 1995 but The UofH lives on…