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Guthaner Lecture: Dr. Gabriella Safran Discussing "When Did Jews Become Funny?"

Sunday, April 12, 2020 18 Nisan 5780

3:30 PM - 4:30 PMLivestreamed:

Note date change to Sunday April 12.

What is “Jewish humor?” Have Jews always told jokes? How have Jews and non-Jews in the modern world associated Jewish identity with comedy? How have migration and media fostered different varieties of Jewish humor? This talk examines Jewish humor as a historically situated phenomenon. It is illustrated, of course, with jokes.

Dr. Gabriella Safran is the Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies at Stanford, where she teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She is the author of books and articles about Russian and Yiddish literatures and cultures, including Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-sky. She is currently finishing a book about how mid-19th-century Russian writers listened to and recorded the “voice of the people,” and beginning a new book about the transnational prehistory of the Jewish joke.

Tune in to the discussion on the Beth Am livestream page on Sunday, April 12 at 3:30 PM. Questions (or a good clean Jewish joke you'd like to share) can be sent during the talk to

Each year the Guthaner Fund makes possible outstanding cultural events for our Beth Am community, including musical programs, lecturers and scholars-in-residence.

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