Week Six :: July 29 – August 5

Comedy and the Human Condition:

In Partnership with the National Comedy Center

We partner with the National Comedy Center — the first cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy, under construction now in nearby Jamestown, New York — for a week that engages both the mind and the funny bone.

  • We’ll explore the politics of comedy and political satire — comedy often serves as our greatest mirror, a unique conduit of truth.
  • We venture into the writers’ room for insight into the craft of comedy for television and film.
  • We travel the globe to see if there is such a thing as “universally funny”
  • When has a joke gone too far? We consider issues of free speech and ask, “Is there such a thing as too offensive?”


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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures


  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 10:45am

    Lewis Black

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    Comedian, author, social critic

    Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black has performed for audiences across the globe, making people laugh at the absurdities of life and covering topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes... 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | 10:45am

    Sophie Scott

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    Deputy director, University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

    Sophie Scott is a Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London and deputy director of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she...

    Location: Amphitheater