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Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 03/23/2014
Dates and registration information for the “Weekend Update:" The Intersection of Politics and Comedy course are now available. This one-credit mini-course runs April 12, 15, 16, and 17.
Comedian Seth Meyers, former anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” and new host of NBC’s Late Night, will kick off the course with a Q&A session for students enrolled in the course.
The course is limited to 200 participants. Due to popular demand, a lottery will be held to select course participants.
Students must fill out an “Intent to Participate” form. Forms will be accepted beginning Tuesday, March 25 at 9 a.m. EDT through Wednesday, March 26 at noon EDT. Please note: the form will go live on Tuesday, March 25.
About the course:
Please note: This is a one-credit course, requiring 12.5 hours of participation. Seth Meyers’ performance is part of this course and therefore, students must purchase a ticket for the show.
Saturday, April 12, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
This mini-course explores satirical programming, which deploys humor to poke fun at mainstream media and political discourse. Satire TV has become an increasing part of society’s media consumption. Students will examine why social and political satire have grown in popularity and how they shape conversations worldwide as well as raise the question of how well media is addressing issues of public importance.
In addition to Seth Meyers, other guest speakers will explore key topics such as: the limitations of the genre; the tendency to rely on stereotypes when representing various countries and cultures; satirical TV programs from around the world; and how satirical TV news shows are getting people to think critically about “the public square” and how to write a satire, should you become a satirist.
For more information on this course, visit the Media for Social Responsibility website.