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Who are we?  Some people use categories such as race, class, or gender to give themselves a sense of self.  Yet many of the world’s greatest conflicts have come from incompatible notions regarding identity.  In the face of conflict and tension, oftentimes the most astute observations come within the guise of comedy.  Good comedians are able to say the things we all think but never say; they are able to expose the absurdities of the world without condemning it.  This course will use comedy to introduce various aspects of identity and conflicts surrounding them.  Then we will examine the theoretical and historical ideas underlying the comedy.

Week 1 – Jan 3-6 – What’s so funny?

Week 2 – Jan 9-13– Laughing Together

Week 3 – Jan 17-20 – Not at you but near you

Weeks 4-5 – Jan 23-Feb 3 – Black and White – Parts I and II

Week 6 – Feb 6-10 – All Colors of the Rainbow

Week 7 – Feb 13-17 – Talk about Sex

Week 8 – Feb 20-24 – Mars and Venus

Week 9 – Feb 27-Mar 2 – Relationships and Self Portraits

Week 10 – Mar 5-9 – Sexuality

Week 11 – Mar 19-23 – Comedy of Class

Weeks 12-13 - Mar 26-Apr 6 - "Class Warfare"?

Week 14 - Apr 9-13 – Religious Comedy

Week 15 - Apr 16-20 –  Political Comedy

Week 16 - Apr 23-27 - Philosophical

Week 17 – Apr 30-May 4 – Laughing at Ourselves



Assignments:

Assignment 1 – Short Presentations about things that you find funny

Assignment 2 – Identity Journal – needs at least one entry per week

            - will focus on various questions and concepts to be announced weekly

Assignment 3 – Self-Portrait – using a form of your choice, due at end of semester

Assignment 4 – Laughing Together – in groups of 5 or 6, write and perform sketches