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An Afternoon of Jewish Humor: The Jokes, the Comics, the Stories, and Their Interpretations
Please note: this event previously listed a different location. It will now take place in CEMEX Auditorium at the GSB Knight Management Center.
Join us for a lively afternoon with Michael Krasny, who (he admits) has been telling
Jewish jokes since he could say “oy vey!” and (others claim) knows more of them than
anyone else on the planet. He was finally persuaded to put hundreds of his favorites
into his bestselling book, Let There Be Laughter, accompanied by his wise
and enlightening commentary explaining the historic and cultural role of humor in
Jewish life from the shtetl and the diaspora to arrival—and thriving—in America. According
to his publisher, “With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Michael
Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and forms of Jewish humor: chauvinism
undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation,
the importance of vocal inflection in joketelling, and calls to communal memory, including
the use of Yiddish.” Come and enjoy and learn.
The Stanford Bookstore will be selling copies of Michael Krasny's book, Let There Be Laughter, at the event.
Michael Krasny, Host of “Forum,” KQED Radio; Professor of English, SF State
Michael Krasny is a scholar and professor of English and American literature, an award-winning broadcast journalist, and the author of two acclaimed books, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest. Since 1993, he has been the host of Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED Radio, the most listened-to locally produced public radio program in the country.
- Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
- CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center Map
Free and open to the public
- General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
- 650-725-2650, email@example.com
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