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Documentary on Mixing Humor & The Holocaust to be Screened at Clark

Thursday, March 16, 2017

 

Ferne Pearlstein’s documentary “The Last Laugh” will be screened at Clark University. 

The movie will be shown on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in room 320 of the Jefferson Academic Center. 

Valerie Sperling, professor and chair of the Political Science department, and Amy Richter, professor of history, will lead a discussion after the film.

The event is Free. 

“The Last Laugh” 

Pearlstein’s documentary explores whether or not the Holocaust is an off-limits topic for comedy.  

Through interviews with Holocaust survivors and entertainers including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, and footage of film and TV comedies (including The Great Dictator, Hogan’s Heroes, Life is Beautiful, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s “survivor” episode, and Jerry Lewis’s never-released Holocaust comedy The Day the Clown Cried), Pearlstein investigates how Jews used humor in the concentration camps, how Nazi jokes went mainstream, and whether it’s okay for comedians to find humor in history’s worst horrors, including the gas chambers, September 11, slavery, and AIDS.  The conversation will attempt to decipher with what and where the line is drawn.

“The last laugh,” opened last year in limited release. 

 

Related Slideshow: US News College Rankings 2016

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College of the Holy Cross 

  • #32 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #37 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings

 

US News Says: 

"College of the Holy Cross is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,916, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 174 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Holy Cross's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $48,940 (2016-17)."

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Assumption College 

#23 (tie) in Regional Universities North

US News Says: 

"Assumption College is a private institution that was founded in 1904. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,987, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Assumption College's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 23. Its tuition and fees are $36,260 (2016-17)."

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

  • #60 (tie) in National Universities
  • #42 in Best Value Schools
  • #18 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #36 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #83 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs
  • #63 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,299, its setting is city, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 60. Its tuition and fees are $46,994 (2016-17)."

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Clark University 

  • #74 (tie) in National Universities
  • #27 in Best Value Schools
  • #117 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs

 

US News Says: 

"Clark University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,397, its setting is city, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 74. Its tuition and fees are $43,150 (2016-17)."

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Worcester State University 

  • #118 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • #38 (tie) in Top Public Schools

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester State University is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,514, its setting is city, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Worcester State University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 118. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,857 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,937 (2015-16)."

 
 

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