Sophia McClennen will be offering two lectures at Tulane University’s Stone Center. On October 18 she speaks on her new book on Latin American Cinema and Globalization. On October 19 she speaks on the global rise of political satire and its implications for democracy.
Are our leaders evil, stupid…or both? Whatever the answer, the world of satire has its hands full like never before. The newest episode of the Mideast beast podcast series sees the Editor of The Mideast Beast in conversation with Professor Sophia A. McClennen, who’s literally written the book on satire. They discuss satire in the age of Trump, why you shouldn’t worry too much about stupid people, and how to handle satire in a region where you can get hung for a cartoon. Go straight to So
On this episode of StarTalk Radio, we uncover the truthiness and nothing but the truthiness. We feel the science at you. Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with returning guest Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, to explore how he deconstructs the world around us using satire and science. In-studio, Neil is joined by comic co-host Adam Conover, host of Adam Ruins Everything, and Sophia McClennen, PhD. author of Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy, to discuss Colbert’s influence on our society. Check it out.
Sophia McClennen joined Roslyn Mazer, counsel to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Hustler v. Falwell; Len Niehoff, Professor, U. Michigan Law School; Signe Wilkinson, editorial cartoonist, Philadelphia Media Network; Matt Wuerker, editorial cartoonist, Politico and Jane Kirtley, Professor, University of Minnesota for a session on Hustler v. Falwell – 30 Years Later at the MLRC Media conference September 26-28, 2018.
Mark Susnow interviewed me on politics, satire and the age of Trump for his Inspire Possibility show. Have a listen here.
McClennnen lectures on her new book “Globalization and Latin American Cinema” at the LASA convention in Barcelona on May 25, 2018.
The YouTube link for the CSPAN coverage of my talk at UMN’s State of Our Satirical Union event is live. Check it out.
A two-day symposium, April 20-21, 2018, at UMN’s Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The event is sponsored by University of Minnesota’s Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and the Minnesota Journalism Center.
The College Arts & Humanities Institute at Indiana University is delighted to host a discussion with Serbian activist Srdja Popovic and acclaimed scholar Sophia McClennen on the contemporary power and functions of political satire. Details here.
Interviewed by Rick Tocquigny for Life Lessons on satire, politics and the health of our democracy. Listen to the interview here.
McClennen joins a line up including Samantha Power and Chelsea Manning at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Affairs Symposium for Spring 2018. More details here
McClennen to present on her new book project “Trump is Joke: Why Satire Makes Sense When Politics Doesn’t” on February 20 at 3pm. More details here.
I was thrilled to have a chance to host an event at Penn State with Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler, director of the documentary about Bassem–Tickling Giants.
I was thrilled to have a chance to appear on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show Startalk along with comedian Adam Conover for an episode on Stephen Colbert. Check it out here.
I was able to attend a taping of The Opposition on January 3–and got a chance to say hi to Jordan Klepper after the show. Look for my interview with him later this month.
I was a guest on NPR affiliate KPFA-FM/San Francisco CA with Living Room to talk about free speech on college campuses. Listen to the interview here.
I went to see Michael Moore’s new Broadway show, “The Terms of My Surrender” and I got to say hi backstage after the show. Read the Salon piece I wrote after seeing the show here.
McClennen lectured on “Satire in the age of Trump” at a reporter workshop for Der Spiegel in Hamburg in May 2017.
McClennen was a featured content expert at ICEE fest in Bucharest, Romania in June 2017. Check out coverage of her talk here.
McClennen joined a group of media experts to present on content at ICEE fest in Romania in May 2017. Her talk focused on how satire is better than the news at covering Trump. Check out coverage of her talk here.
Read the interview in German here.
I will be speaking on debts and rights at The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICoSS) in Sheffield on September 12.
I talked with John Grebe with WZBC Boston about the future of the DNC on July 23.
Thom Hartmann talked with guest Sophia McClennen on the many benefits and uses of satire–especially in the Trump era.
McClennen interviewed on SiriusXM’s morning talk program “Stand Up with Pete Dominick” on April 19. Have a listen.
Author, teacher, and lecturer Sophia McClennen entered the Hawk’s Nest on April 13, 2017 to help navigate the intersection of satire, news, and politics. Just how has the art of satire in the United States changed in the age of President Trump. Watch the clip here.
McClennen interview on satire in the Trump era for BBC Scotland. Have a listen here
McClennen interviewed for XRAY FM on satire and Trump. Have a listen.
You can listen to the Redacted Tonight Podcast from the Kennedy Center with Reggie Watts, Redacted Tonight comedians, and Sophia McClennen here.
McClennen to speak on satire, democracy, social media and millennials at a conference on The Politics of Dissent: Satire, Sarcasm, and Spite in Civil Society. Hosted by the Society for Values in Higher Education at Oberlin College, July 13.
McClennen to be interviewed during the Redacted Tonight Podcast, a radically hard-hitting satirical political exploration hosted by Lee Camp and featuring John F. O’Donnell. Part of the Kennedy Center Comedy festival. June 25, 2016.
Sophia McClennen to deliver the Keynote lecture for Lawrence University’s Latin American and Spanish Film Festival on April 22, 2016.
The LaMarr Kopp faculty award recognizes, annually, a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University for significant contributions to the advancement of the international mission of the University.
McClennen delivers the 2016 Sutherland Lecture at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.
McClennen delivers the keynote for the 2016 English graduate student conference at Indiana University, Pennsylvania.
Interviewed on Univision’s acquisition of The Onion. Will it affect their satire? find out here.
The Washington Post picked up my piece on millennial protesters from the Conversation. Check it out here.
McClennen quoted twice in Michael Moore’s new film trailer. See the trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/videos/10153171747791857/
Prof. Mcclennen’s Essay on Alterlatino Identity Appears in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey
McClennen appears on CNN’s At This Hour with John Berman and Kate Bolduan to discuss the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
View the clip here: Critical Attention
Truthout has published an excerpt from my co-authored book with Jeffrey Di Leo, Sophia McClennen, and Kenneth Saltman: Neoliberalism, Education, Terrorism: Contemporary Dialogues. Check out Twelve Theses on Education’s Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism.
My contribution to the The 2014 – 2015 Report on the State of the Discipline of Comparative Literature published by American Comparative Literature Association has just been released: “Ideas of the Decade: Human Rights.”
Routledge has designed the book cover for The Routledge Companion to Human Rights and Literature.
Is Satire Saving our Nation?
My new book–co-written with Remy Maisel –will be out on October 30. Is satire saving our nation? Does our democracy depend on it? Or is satire destroying our faith in the political process? Pre-order to make sure you have a copy in time for the mid-term elections!
Check out the review of Neoliberalism, Terrrorism, Education in Academe.
Sophia McClennen and Remy Maisel have just received a book contract from Palgrave to write a new book: Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics. More details on its release soon.
McClennen delivers the 2013 Peace Perspectives Lecture at the University of Missouri as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Details on the event here.
Daniel Mallinson reviews Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy for WPSU, our local NPR affiliate. Listen in here.
Alexandra Schultheis Moore and I have just received a contract to edit the Routledge Companion to Human Rights and Literature. The volume will have approximately 50 essays and will be framed as a must-have volume for those interested in the field. See other volumes in the series here.
Penn State Live covers Colbert’s America.
Listen to this interview with Eleanor Hall from ABC News (AU) on Colbert’s America and US democracy.
Alexander Heffner writes* “Colbert’s America* is a book for citizens of every creed who believe we are all entrusted with piloting American democracy.”
Peter Bart from *Variety *on Colbert’s new book and mine.
Watch this interview with me for The Wall street Journal Live on the upcoming Stewart v. O’Reilly debate.
Q&A with Sophia A. McClennen on ‘Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy’ with Kris Kitto for The Hill.
Kaitlyn Zurcher of The Daily Collegian covers Colbert’s America here.
Media Post’s Fern Siegel writes: “Sounding like the president of Colbert Nation, McClennen makes a thoughtful, well-researched case for concluding his satire is ‘redefining the parameters of political dissent.’”
Listen to my interview with Jim Donavan, Morning News Anchor for WSYR FM 106.9 here.
Quoted alongside Al Franken in John Rash’s “Laughing at, but not with, our politicians” for the Star Tribune.
Is Politico’s Patrick Gavin trying to get me on The Colbert Report? Check out his piece here.
I spoke with Angel Clark for Radio Freedom on July 30. Listen to the interview here.
Looks like we annoyed Newsbusters enough to get a piece by its publisher and the founder of the Media Research Center.
Colbert’s America is mentioned in this piece by Paul Farhi for the *Washington Post. *
Penn State Comparative Literature Luncheon Lecture, January 23, 2012: The Art of Stephen Colbert
Click here for McClennen’s interview on Viewpoints on Media Tracks.
Click here for McClennen’s interview with Bill Vanko on WBAL News.
Quote from Dorfman himself: “I purloin the phrase from Sophia McClennen, my most astute critic, thus far, who has written extensively about my work, most notably in a new book, Ariel Dorfman: An Aesthetics of Hope.” Art Bulletin, march 2009. Volume XCI, no. 1, p 58.