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Jewish Studies Program

Conference Program

American (Jewish) Humor in an Era of Ethnic Sensitivity and Cultural Competence Conference Program (public)

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Tuesday 4/24       

6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Film Screening: “The Last Laugh”

RICHLAND LIBRARY ASSEMBLY ST: Second Level Theater

 

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Wednesday 4/25

7:00 – 8:30 pm

 

Film Screening:  “The Last Laugh”

RUSSELL HOUSE THEATER

 

Film Screening Flyer

Thursday 4/26

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Film Screening:  “The Last Laugh”

KATIE & IRWIN KAHN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

 

Film Screening Flyer

 

 

 Saturday 4/28

7:30 – 9:45 pm

GAMBRELL 153

 

Film Screening and Lecture

Welcome and introduction: Mark Cooper (University of South Carolina)

Screening:  “The Last Laugh”

Filmmaker Lecture: Ferne Pearlstein (Independent filmmaker)

                                       Confronting the Ultimate Taboo in Humor

 

Film Screening Flyer

Sunday 4/29

 

8:30 – 9:00 am

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

 Welcome and opening: Federica K. Clementi (University of South Carolina)

 

 

9:00 – 11:00 am

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

 

Session I:             Humor in Social Context

                              Session Chair, Harvey Starr (University of South Carolina)

 

 

 

 

  9:00 –   9:30      Lawrence Mintz (University of Maryland)

                              Defining and Deconstructing Jewish Humor

 

9:30 – 10:00       Regina Barreca (University of Connecticut)

    Why Does the Membership of the Friars Club Still Look
    Like a Manifest from Ellis Island? Why Jews, Italians,
    and Other Ethnic Types are Funny

 

10:00 – 10:30     Joseph Boskin (Boston University

    The Comedic Zeitgeist: ‘there’s good news
    & bad news’


10:30 – 11:00     Discussion led by Harvey Starr (University of South Carolina)

 

11:00 – 11:30 am

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

Coffee break

 

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

Session II:           Jewish Humor and Popular Culture

                              Session Chair, Catherine Keyser
                                (University of South Carolina)

 

 

 

 

11:30 – 12:00     Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff (University of South Carolina)

                             The Dynamic Humor of Sophie Tucker

 

12:00 – 12:30     Federica K. Clementi & Christian
                              Anderson
 (University of South Carolina)

                              Jewish Professors on Film

 

12:30 –   1:00      Joseph Dorinson (Long Island University)

                              Jewish Humor: Kvetching and Shpritzing


  1:00 –   1:30      Discussion led by Catherine Keyser
                                (University of South Carolina)

 

 

1:30 – 3:00 pm

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

Lunch for conferees and registrants

 

3:00 – 5:00 pm

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

Session III:          Humor and Identity

                              Session Chair, Kimberly Simmons
                              (University of South Carolina)

 

 


 

3:00 – 3:30          Lanita Jacobs (University of Southern California)

                              Authenticating Apologies in Black Standup Comedy

 

3:30 – 4:00          Russell Kaschula (Rhodes University)

                              Intercultural Global North-South Comedy: The Trevor
                              Noah Effect

 

4:00 – 4:30         Rebecca Krefting (Skidmore College

    Constructing People Through Comedy:
    How We (Can) Joke About Marginalized
    Identities

 

4:30 – 5:00          Discussion led by Kimberly Simmons (University of South Carolina)

 

 

7:00 – 7:30 pm

GAMBRELL LOBBY

 

Book exhibition and signing

7:30 – 9:00 pm

GAMBRELL 153

 

Keynote lecture:

Welcome and introduction: Lawrence Mintz (University of Maryland)
Bob Mankoff (Humor and Cartoon Editor, Esquire Magazine)

#MeTooSoon: Finding the Funny in Sexual Misconduct

Mankoff Lecture Flyer

Monday 4/30

 

 

9:30 – 11:30 am

CAPSTONE CAMPUS ROOM

 

Session IV:          Lenny Bruce and Transgressive Comedy

                              Session Chair, Paul Malovrh (University of South Carolina)

 

 

 

 

 9:30 – 10:00      Stephen Whitfield (Brandeis University)

                             Lenny Bruce and the Intellectuals

 

10:00 – 10:30     Jarrod Tanny (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)

    Lenny’s Children: The Rise and Triumph of
    Blasphemous Jewish Humor in post-World
    War II America

 

10:30 – 11:00     David Slucki (College of Charleston)

                             Holocaust comedy in American popular culture


11:00 – 11:30     Discussion led by Paul Malovrh (University of South Carolina)

 

 

 

End of Conference

 

 

 

 

 


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