The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will host Prof. David Slucki (College of Charleston) for a lecture on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7pm titled Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust. The lecture will take place in the Greenberg Center and is free and open to the public.
Offered in conjunction with Prof. Avinoam Patt’s JS 220 Jewish Humor class, the lecture will examine what is at stake in deploying humor in representing the Holocaust. What are the boundaries? What is still considered taboo and why? What are the functions of humor in the context of the Holocaust? Clearly, there has been comedy and laughter in the decades since. However, it is not as clear the extent to which humor can be ethically deployed in representing and discussing the Holocaust. Prof. Slucki's lecture will engage with a range of comedians and performers, including Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, and more.
David Slucki is currently an Assistant Professor in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston. He received his PhD from Monash University in 2010. His first book, The International Jewish Labor Bund after 1945: Toward a Global History, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012, and was the first to look closely at the attempts of Bundists to adapt to the post-Holocaust world. His forthcoming book, entitled Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons, will be published by Wayne State University Press in September 2019. It a memoir telling the story of three generations of fathers and sons as they grappled with the Holocaust and its aftermath. Along with Gabriel Finder and Avinoam Patt, he is also co-editing a volume on humor after the Holocaust.