Laughing to Keep from Crying

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Lectures & Symposia

Laughing to Keep from Crying: A Critical Read on Comedy with Nelson George

Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

As part of Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, writer, filmmaker, and cultural historian Nelson George presents a contemplative interlude of conversation, video clips, and playful criticism on the meaning of “funny.”

This program will be livestreamed at

Nelson George is an author, critic, filmmaker, and television producer who has devoted his career to analyzing and presenting diverse aspects of African American culture. He produced the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair (2009) and authored The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style (2014).

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