McClennen interviewed for NPR San Francisco

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.

Backstage with Michael Moore

Backstage with Michael Moore

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 featured at Der Spiegel conference

McClennen lectured on “Satire in the age of Trump” at a reporter workshop for Der Spiegel in Hamburg in May 2017.

McClennen an invited speaker for ICEE fest in Bucharest

McClennen was a featured content expert at ICEE fest in Bucharest, Romania in June 2017. Check out coverage of her talk here.

McClennen a featured speaker at ICEE fest in Bucharest

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.

German newspaper SZ interviews McClennen on satire and Trump

Read the interview in German here.

McClennen to Keynote in Sheffield.

I will be speaking on debts and rights at The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICoSS) in Sheffield on September 12.

McClennen interviewed with WZBC Radio News in Boston.

I talked with John Grebe with WZBC Boston about the future of the DNC on July 23.

McClennen talks to Thom Hartmann about satire and Trump.

Thom Hartmann talked with guest Sophia McClennen on the many benefits and uses of satire–especially in the Trump era.

McClennen interviewed on SIRIUS XM.

McClennen interviewed on SiriusXM’s morning talk program “Stand Up with Pete Dominick” on April 19. Have a listen.

McClennen featured on Watching the Hawks

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 on BBC Scotland

McClennen interview on satire in the Trump era for BBC Scotland.  Have a listen here

McClennen Interview for Group Therapy

McClennen interviewed for XRAY FM on satire and Trump.  Have a listen.

Kennedy Center Podcast

You can listen to the Redacted Tonight Podcast from the Kennedy Center with Reggie Watts, Redacted Tonight comedians, and Sophia McClennen here.

McClennen to Keynote conference on The Politics of Dissent

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 at the Kennedy Center

McClennen at the Kennedy Center

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.

McClennen to Keynote Lawrence U Film Festival

McClennen to Keynote Lawrence U Film Festival

Sophia McClennen to deliver the Keynote lecture for Lawrence University’s Latin American and Spanish Film Festival on April 22, 2016.

McClennen awarded LaMarr Kopp Faculty Award for 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.

Sutherland Lecture

McClennen delivers the 2016 Sutherland Lecture at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.

Keynote for IUP

McClennen delivers the keynote for the 2016 English graduate student conference at Indiana University, Pennsylvania.

McClennen interviewed in Check Please

Interviewed on Univision’s acquisition of The Onion. Will it affect their satire? find out here.

Washington Post

The Washington Post picked up my piece on millennial protesters from the Conversation. Check it out here.

Cited in Michael Moore’s new film trailer

McClennen quoted twice in Michael Moore’s new film trailer.  See the trailer here:

Prof. Mcclennen’s Essay on Alterlatino Identity Appears in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey

Click here to read the essay at the JAST website.

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

Is neoliberalism ruining our universities?

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.

Ideas of the Decade

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.”

Book cover!

Routledge has designed the book cover for The Routledge Companion to Human Rights and Literature.

Does our nation need satire to survive?

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!

Academe Reviews My New Co-Authored Book

Check out the review of Neoliberalism, Terrrorism, Education in Academe.

New Book Contract!

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.

2013 Peace Perspectives Lecture

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.

WPSU Reviews Colbert’s America

Daniel Mallinson reviews Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy for WPSU, our local NPR affiliate. Listen in here.

Human Rights and Literature

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.

Satire is shaping the next generation of American citizens

Penn State Live covers Colbert’s America.

Is Colbert saving US democracy?

Listen to this interview with Eleanor Hall from ABC News (AU) on Colbert’s America and US democracy.

Cronk News Debut Podcast!

Leah Wescott of Cronk News interviewed me for the debut podcast for “Fridays are Satiredays“.

Canada Covers Colbert’s America

Alex Strachan for Canadian news on political comedy, the election, and young voters at, The Edmonton Journal, and The Vancouver Sun.

Colbert Makes Citizenship Fun: The Philly Inquirer Review

Alexander Heffner writes* “Colbert’s America* is a book for citizens of every creed who believe we are all entrusted with piloting American democracy.”

Colbert’s America is a “smart book.”

Peter Bart from *Variety *on Colbert’s new book and mine.

Comedians Take Bigger Role in Political Scene

Watch this interview with me for The Wall street Journal Live on the upcoming Stewart v. O’Reilly debate.

Stephen Colbert “makes political participation enjoyable.”

Q&A with Sophia A. McClennen on ‘Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy’ with Kris Kitto for The Hill.

Satire has influence in politics

Kaitlyn Zurcher of The Daily Collegian covers Colbert’s America here.

“Democracy, Satire And Stephen Colbert”

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.’”

How to Get Stephen Colbert

Listen to my interview with Jim Donavan, Morning News Anchor for WSYR FM 106.9 here.

​”Satire never tells you what to think.”

Quoted alongside Al Franken in John Rash’s “Laughing at, but not with, our politicians” for the Star Tribune.

Academic Goes Deep on Colbert

Is Politico’s Patrick Gavin trying to get me on The Colbert ReportCheck out his piece here.

Radio interview on Colbert’s America with Angel Clark

I spoke with Angel Clark for Radio Freedom on July 30.   Listen to the interview here.

Studying Stephen Colbert. Seriously, Funny

Check out Gail Shister’s piece on Colbert’s America for TV Newser

Am I a Colbert Coddler?

Looks like we annoyed Newsbusters enough to get a piece by its publisher and the founder of the Media Research Center.

Truthinessology: The Stephen Colbert effect becomes an obsession in academia

Colbert’s America is mentioned in this piece by Paul Farhi for the *Washington Post. *

Video: McClennen on Colbert’s America

Penn State Comparative Literature Luncheon Lecture, January 23, 2012: The Art of Stephen Colbert

Interview: Viewpoints on Media Tracks

Click here for McClennen’s interview on Viewpoints on Media Tracks.

Interview: Goodbooks, KMBH

Click here for McClennen’s interview with John Cook on the Goodbooks Radio Show, KMBH-FM.

Interview: Topical Currents, WLRM

Click here for McClennen’s interview with Joe Cooper on Topical Currents, WLRN.

Interview: WBAL News

Click here for McClennen’s interview with Bill Vanko on WBAL News.

Video Interview: McClennen on Ariel Dorfman

Praise from Ariel Dorfman

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.