31 2016

7:30 pm Lafayette - An Introduction to American Jewish Humor

7:30PM - 9:00PM  

Kirby Auditorium, Room 104 Kirby Hall of Civil Rights
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042

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For over a century, Jews have exercised a disproportionate impact on American humor. Their comic vision has added a distinctive voice to America's national legacy. What is it about Jewish humor that has made it so singular and so influential? How does this humor reflect the values and impulses of this particular American minority? Some answers will be presented in this lecture and explored by the audience's questions and comments.

Professor Stephen Whitfield holds the Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University, where he has taught since 1972. He is the author of nine books, the editor of The Blackwell Companion of Twentieth-Century America, and the recipient of several teaching awards. He has offered courses in the Sorbonne, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as in universities in Belgium and in Germany.

Sponsored by the H. Marblestone Memorial Fund, and the Jewish Studies Program, Hillel Society, Chaplain Office, Departments of Government, History, Languages, Religion at Lafayette College.

This is a free, public lecture.